The Help

In this 1960s period drama, the oppressed lives of African-American maids are unveiled to the public, in part, because of domestics Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer). Spencer won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role.

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African-American Literature and Films That Should Be Taught in the Classroom

“Malcolm X,” “Amistad” and more Black films can be used as African-American history learning tools in the classroom.

Octavia Spencer's Smashed Gets Picked Up for Distribution

Prestige distributor Sony Classics will release the indie drama.

Commentary: Was Billy Crystal Over the Line at the Oscars?

Billy Crystal left some people up in arms after his Oscar-hosting gig Sunday night. But is the hatred deserved?

News: Octavia Spencer Wins Academy Award

Highlights: Octavia Spencer wins Best Supporting Actress at the 84th Academy Awards. (2/27/2012)

Octavia Spencer, The Artist Win Big at Oscars

Award caps a remarkable run for the sleeper hit.

Octavia Spencer Wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actress!

The Help's breakout star takes home her first golden statue.
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