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Alexandria native nabs Best Actor Oscar buzz for latest role

The momentum for an Oscar nomination is continuing to grow for Alexandria native John Hawkes, who plays a quadriplegic in the upcoming independent film dramedy "The Sessions."
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By Tim Lammers

The momentum for an Oscar nomination is continuing to grow for Alexandria native John Hawkes, who plays a quadriplegic in the upcoming independent film dramedy "The Sessions."

The Hollywood Reporter's Oscars prognosticator Scott Feinberg this week named Hawkes as one of the five frontrunners in the Oscar race for Best Actor.

The Feinberg forecast comes on the heels of praise at the Toronto International Film Festival for Hawkes by such publications as Entertainment Weekly and Deadline.com.

The film tells the story of Mark O'Brien, a 38-year-old man debilitated by polio who hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) to help him lose his virginity. The film also stars William H. Macy as a priest O'Brien confides in.

Hawkes, who earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for the 2010 indie drama "Winter's Bone," will be feted at the Hollywood Film Awards Oct. 22 with the Hollywood Breakout Performance Award for his role in "The Sessions," reports the LA Times.

"The Sessions" will make its Minnesota debut at Twin Cities International Film Festival at the Showplace ICON at The West End in St. Louis Park Oct. 16.

See a clip from "The Sessions" below. Disclaimer: The video contains adult-themed content that may be objectionable to some viewers.

Bring Me The News news curator Tim Lammers is also a nationally-syndicated movie journalist whose work appears on more than 50 TV affiliate web sites in the U.S. Tim has interviewed more than 1,000 major actors and filmmakers throughout his career, and locally, he reviews films on "KARE 11 Today" and WCCO Radio. Tim's work is also featured on his website, StrictlyCinema.com.

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