If the old adage about there being no such thing as an overnight success ever applied to anyone, it would be prolific and gifted character actor John Hawkes. Most people had probably never heard of him before his well-deserved Oscar nod for Winter’s Bone
, and his ability to transform himself from role to role -- both physically and, seemingly, psychologically -- has made it difficult for viewers to recognize him even if they’ve already been impressed by his work. With Ben Lewin’s film The Sessions
, Hawkes is given the biggest and juiciest leading role of his career, and he pulls it off with remarkable grace and humor.
He plays the real-life journ...