Featured News/Features — 27 January 2012
Academy Awards nominees Davis, Spencer praise past, future female actors of color

Thank Academy for acknowledging their collective work.

Viola Davis (left) and Octavia Spencer

Sandra Varner, Celebrity Profiles

Two deserving actors have been nominated for their outstanding performances in the box office hit, “The Help.”  Viola Davis (nominated in 2009 for Best Supporting Actress in “Doubt”) and Octavia Spencer are among this year’s list of nominees announced earlier this week to receive an Academy Award, Feb. 26.

“It’s an honor to be nominated a second time, it is a personal accomplishment and triumph for women and women of color,” Davis said. “I’m so glad the film has been recognized. It was a labor of love from the moment it was conceived and it is rewarding to see the impact it is having.”

Davis is up for a Best Actress Award in a Leading Role. If she wins, she will join a very short list of black female actors with such distinction – Halle Berry for “Monster’s Ball.” Whoopi Goldberg won for Best Supporting Actress in “Ghost,” and other black female actors with an Oscar include Mo’Nique (“Precious”), Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”) and Hattie McDaniel (“Gone with the Wind”), all in the Best Support Actress category.

Rare do we see actors of any hue nominated in the same film, moreover, making this year’s 84th awards ceremony so exciting. History has been made: This is the first time that two black women have been nominated in the same year for the same film.

“I am so honored that not only was my work recognized by the academy, but that the tireless efforts of our amazing cast and crew culminated in nominations for Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and the film itself,” Spencer said, beaming. “It is a testament to our true ensemble of talent, both in front of and behind the scenes.”

We wish both of them top honors for their contributions to Hollywood.

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