The general attitude seems to be, “We don’t know who this broad even is, so why is she taking up so much screen time?” But just the simple fact that, in this media climate, a Mike Leigh movie can get this kind of exposure, that its star can win an award and thus be shoved in the face of unwitting US TV viewers, and then end up at the end of the night offhandedly mentioning her Silver Bear to a blonde bimbo E! reporter who almost definitely doesn’t know what a Silver Bear is — this is the only reason why awards shows should exist.
— On Sally Hawkins, from my round-up of the 8 Golden Globes Moments That Transcended Cynicism.