SAG Awards 2012: 'The Help' takes film cast prize
"The Help," the 1960s-set civil rights drama adapted from Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel, won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, taking home the coveted film cast award at the guild's annual ceremony.
The win gives "The Help" a boost heading into the 84th Academy Awards ceremony next month, where it is up for best picture — the film cast prize at the SAG Awards is considered one of the most reliable bellwethers of Oscar glory.
It was a good night for the film, with both Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer winning for their female actor and supporting performances, respectively.
In accepting the cast award, Davis said racism and sexism aren't just battles to be fought by women or people of color. "It’s all of our burden," she said, "all of us."
The 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out at the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles and broadcast on TNT and TBS. The Oscars will be presented on Feb. 26.
— Gina McIntyre
Photo: Octavia Spencer, left, and Viola Davis star in "The Help." Credit: Dale Robinette / DreamWorks