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Trailer Watch: First Look at Oscar-Contender & Sundance Winner 'The Sessions' with Hawkes, Hunt & Macy

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 29, 2012 at 12:48PM

The first trailer for Ben Lewin's nuanced and delicate drama, "The Sessions," has landed...
Helen Hunt and John Hawkes Star in "The Sessions"
Fox Searchlight Helen Hunt and John Hawkes Star in "The Sessions"

The first trailer for Ben Lewin's Sundance winner (Audience Award and Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting) has landed with a new title, "The Sessions." Previously known as "The Surrogate" (a title we actually prefer), the true story stars John Hawkes as Mark O'Brien (living with polio), Helen Hunt as his sex surrogate Cheryl, and William H. Macy as Father Brendan. At Sundance, we dubbed it "nuanced and delicate" and currently predict it to be an Oscar contender; it sits at 100% Fresh. Indiewire has more on the story behind the film; Jessica Yu's 1997 Oscar-winning short doc, "Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien," is also below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.