Sally has 43 wins and 74 award nominations. She has bagged two Oscars – in 1980 for Norma Rae and in 1984 for Places in the Heart, both for her lead role. In 2012, she was nominated for a supporting role in Lincoln. She was awarded the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 5, 2014.
Versatile Sally has played diverse roles. An instance of her versatile acting would be alongside Tom Hanks, once playing his love interest, the second time his mother figure. In her recent movie, Hello! My Name is Dorris, Sally created an amazing chemistry with Max Greenfield. Max declared that they wanted to retake their intimate scenes after the shot was taken and they were “pulled apart from one another”. They even made out, on-air, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
However, Sally’s career was not an easy one. Except for the role at TV sitcom Gidget, which she got after impressing judges at summer acting workshop, she had to work hard to get credible movie positions. In an acceptance speech, Sally recalled “Nothing ever fell in my lap. When I won an Emmy for Sybil, when I won an Oscar for Norma Rae, when I won an Oscar for Places in the Heart, whatever it was, it didn't mean, 'Open the doors, the scripts are falling in!'”.
Sally has also played notable characters in TV dramas. One of such is Brothers and Sisters. She portrayed Nora Walker in the 2007 Drama Series. She grabbed an Outstanding Lead Actress award at the Emmys for her performance.
If you are a Spiderman movie fan, you probably needed no introduction. Sally played a supporting role of Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Nevertheless, we feel obliged to mention that Sally was not a particular fan of the movie and did it just because of her first producing partner, Laura Ziskin, was its producer.