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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SAG Awards Mary Tyler Moore Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

SAG Awards Mary Tyler Moore Receives Lifetime Achievement Award:  Dick Van Dyke presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to his former “Dick Van Dyke Show” co-star Mary Tyler Moore, delivering a heartfelt speech citing her screen work and humanitarian work. Moore received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Moore began her speech by recalling how she had to alter her name from “Mary Moore” due to multiple listings of the same name in the SAG roster.

“I, too, am happy after all,” Moore said while wrapping up her speech.

Also read: SAG Awards 2012: The Complete List of Winners and Nominees

After the speech, Dick Van Dyke gave her a peck on the cheek.

Previously…

Alec Baldwin took his sixth win for Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, for his portrayal of Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock.”

The actor, who recently just named ambassador for SAG, fulfilled his duties by encouraging charitable acts among the audience, in particular stumping for a cause called Book Pals.

Betty White was also an early winner, picking up her second consecutive trophy for Best Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her work in “Hot in Cleveland.”

“I think they made a terrible mistake,” White joked, before saying that the nomination belongs to all four female leads on the series.

Kate Winslet also took an award in the Outstanding Female Actress in a TV or Miniseries for her work in “Midred Pierce.”

Paul Giamatti took home an award for his portrayal of Ben Bernanke in HBO’s “Too Big to Fail.”

Jessica Lange won the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award — her first SAG award — for “American Horror Story.”

“To be an actor means everything to me, so thank you so much,” Lange told the assemblage.

Steve Buscemi also took home a win, for his starring role in the HBO drama “Boardwalk Empire.” The cast of the series received an award in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category.

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…