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