“The Help” Earns Oscar Nod

January 24, 2012

Business

The 84th Academy Awards on ABC can count on a likely higher viewing audience from the Magnolia State this year.

Oscar’s 2012 picks for Best Picture include  “The Help”, a film based on the New York Times bestseller by Jackson native Kathryn Stockett.

The story of black and white women growing up in 1960′s Mississippi was adapted for the big screen by Mississippians Tate Taylor and Brunson Green and a majority of filming was in Greenwood and Jackson.

Viola Davis who stars as the long-suffering Aibileen (“You is kind, you is smart, you is important.”) has received a nomination for Best Actress.

Jessica Chastain who is unforgettable as the ditzy Celia Foote (“Maybe we oughta burn the chicken a little?”) is also in the running for Best Supporting Actress.

Chastain is in friendly competition for Best Supporting Actress with Octavia Spencer who co-stars as the boisterous but tender Minnie (“Minnie don’t burn no chicken.”).

One of Spencer’s earliest movie roles was as a Canton, Mississippi nurse in Joel Schumacher’s 1996 adaption of John Grisham’s bestseller “A Time to Kill.”

Tune in February 26 to see how everyone does.

MBJ-TV recently visited one of the movie film sites at the old Brent’s Drugs in Fondren. Owner Brad Davis talks about the film in this video.

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Stephen McDill joined the Mississippi Business Journal in 2008 after working in radio and television. He is a graduate of Belhaven University and has won awards for his writing and photojournalism from the Associated Press and Mississippi Press Association.

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One Response to ““The Help” Earns Oscar Nod”

  1. Cole Says:

    I watched this movie over the holidays with family & it was wonderful! Of course some of it is difficult to watch & seeing how terrible things used to be, but the story line is great. If you enjoyed this one like I did, there is a new film coming out in February called Deadline that you may also want to see. Starring Steve Talley & Eric Roberts, & based on a true story, race & redemption are themes that are woven throughout the film. Determined to solve an old unsolved murder case in rural Alabama, a young journalist has many obstacles to overcome. Visit deadlinefilm.com to watch the trailer & get more info. I think it’s one you will want to see in 2012 for sure!

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