The Help Wins Big At Image Awards Houston Remembered

“The Help,” which chronicled the experiences of black maids in the 1960s, and the comedy “Jumping the Broom” were honored at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday, and the life and career of Whitney Houston was celebrated with rousing gospel songs a week after the singer’s untimely death.

The box-office hit about black maids speaking out against their white employers in Mississippi in the early 1960s won best movie and acting awards for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. The film, Davis and Spencer have been nominated for Academy Awards.

Davis said “The Help” was an important movie because “the maid hadn’t been humanized before. I felt she remained a cardboard cut-out” before the movie was made.

“Jumping the Broom” also took home three award, for best actor Laz Alonso, Salim Akil and supporting actor Mike Epps.

The two-hour ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of people of color was tinged with grief over the death on Saturday of Houston, best known for her hit song “I Will Always Love You.”

Yolanda Adams, singing with a gospel choir, led the tribute on Friday, belting out a version of “I Love the Lord” from Houston’s film “The Preacher’s Wife” after video clips of a smiling Houston were shown receiving NAACP awards in the 1990s. Continue Reading…

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Octavia Spencer Montgomery Native Wins Golden Globe

Octavia Spencer Montgomery Native Wins Golden Globe: Actress Octavia Spencer, star of “The Help” and a native of Montgomery, won the Golden Globe Award on Sunday for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

She won for her moving role as Minny Jackson, an outspoken, proud, but troubled domestic in 1960s Jackson, Miss.

Spencer won the same award Thursday at the Critics’ Choice Association.

“With regard to domestics in this country, now and then, I think Dr. (Martin Luther) King said it best: ‘All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance,’ and I thank you for recognizing that in our film,” she said.

Wearing a lavender chiffon gown, Spencer said she was overwhelmed by the win. Continue Reading…