The Help

The Help
Drama
, Comedy
2011

Director: Tate Taylor Cast: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O’Reilly, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek, Anna Camp, Chris Lowell, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel, Brian Kerwin, David Oyelowo, Carol Sutton, Mary Steenburgen, Tarra Riggs, Aunjanue Ellis, Wes Chatham, Ted Welch, Nelsan Ellis, Ashley Johnson

Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Octavia Spencer)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Viola Davis); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jessica Chastain)

I First Saw In: 2011

Synopsis: An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Did You Know? Octavia Spencer provided the narration for the audio-book adaptation.

Quotables: AIBILEEN CLARK: You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

And now a Word from the Guise:
This is one of those movies that you love but also hate. You love it, because it is uplifting and inspiring. But you hate it, whenever any of the white people look at their black maids with disdain, or cheer each other on when they fire one of the maids for something absurd. But mostly, I love this film. It’s well-acted and beautifully-written. Most of the cast are women, and they don’t spend the whole movie talking about men, which is certainly a plus. I need Viola Davis to have an Oscar already!

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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