Turning Point: When Actors Became Superstars

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  • Rosie Perez
  • Denzel Washington
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Queen Latifah
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Will Smith
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Nia Long
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Halle Berry
  • Kevin Hart
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Jaden Smith
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Oprah Winfrey

Octavia Spencer, The Help (2011)

Viola Davis was the heart of this Oscar-winning film, but the soul was Octavia Spencer. The Fruitvale Station actress seemed to come out of nowhere after a string of forgettable roles and went on to win the Oscar for her part as proud, vengeful maid Minnie. 

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