Academy Awards 2012: Octavia Spencer wins for supporting actress
Octavia Spencer was the supporting actress winner at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday. Spencer won for her role in "The Help," a drama about a young white woman who writes a book from the maids' perspective during the Civil Rights era in the 1960s.
In the film, Spencer plays Minny Jackson, an outspoken maid best known for her baking. When her rebellious nature gets her fired by a local socialite, Minny finds camaraderie with an unlikely new friend.
This was Spencer's first Oscar. She competed against Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist," Jessica Chastain in "The Help," Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids" and Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs."
Earlier this season, Spencer picked up a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for her supporting role in "The Help," in addition to a SAG win for "The Help" ensemble for performance by a cast.
The Academy Awards are taking place in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. They are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose membership was recently examined in depth by the Los Angeles Times.
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— Emily Christianson
Photo: Octavia Spencer. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.