The Independent Spirit Awards handed out their prestigious awards on Feb. 23 and a very familiar name to people who follow independent cinema was there to pick up his award. John Hawkes won the award for Best Actor for his performance in “The Sessions.” It was an amazing performance, and even more impressive when fans see how he reinvented himself for the role. It was unlike either of his other films that the ceremony honored him for the last two years.
Here is a look at the re-inventive performances of John Hawkes, as he celebrates his third year of being nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards.
“Winter’s Bone” is the movie that introduced the world to the talented young Jennifer Lawrence, which makes it ironic that three years later, Lawrence won the Best Actress award at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards, while her co-star from that movie won Best Actor. In this earlier movie, Lawrence played a teenage girl tasked with keeping her younger siblings safe after her father disappears. The only way her family can keep her home is if she proves he is dead.
This puts her in conflict with her meth addict uncle, portrayed by John Hawkes. The actor plays a menacing, dangerous man who seems like he is willing to kill his own niece to keep his business private. While Hawkes has been acting since 1985, this movie was a huge breakout role for the actor. He won Best Supporting Actor at the awards that year and that helped launch him into a new spectrum of Hollywood.
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”
The very next year, Hawkes took on a different role, but remained a very dangerous man. Much like “Winter’s Bone,” this movie is more known for launching another young actress into the public eye, as the world met the youngest Olsen sibling, Elizabeth. In this movie, Elizabeth plays a young girl swept up into a cult. While there, she is seduced and terrorized by the evil leader of the cult, played by Hawkes. While he is a far cry from the meth addict in “Winter’s Bone,” he is still the scariest man in this movie, and someone that strikes fear into Olsen’s Martha throughout the entire movie’s running time. Hawkes received his second consecutive nomination, although he did not win this time around.
For the third year in a row, Hawkes received an Independent Spirit Awards nomination, and this character was very far removed from the previous two roles. Instead of playing a dangerous, deadly man, Hawkes plays a man with an iron lung due to polio who has never had sex. He believes he is near death and his priest decides to allow him to lose his virginity to a sex surrogate. The movie is a film of hope, once again nothing like his previous two efforts. Both Hawkes and Helen Hunt, who plays the surrogate, won awards for their performances in this movie.
Coen Brothers Prepare to Sell New Film, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
Bryan Singer Hints Return of More Classic ‘X-Men’ Characters
WWE Star Stone Cold Steve Austin Signs New Movie Deal
BAFTA’s Award Ben Affleck Best Director for ‘Argo’
Lawrence Kasdan Hired to Write ‘Star Wars’ Film