We’re almost certain Octavia Spencer is running out of room with the many awards she’s received for “The Help,” but add another one to the shelf. She came out on top as Best Supporting Actress in a drama at last night’s Golden Globes.
Her role as Minnie Jackson beat out cast mate Jessica Chastain, Berenice Bejo (The Artist), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants). Spencer’s win gives a good indication of her chances at an Academy Award nod for Best Supporting Actress. Nominations will be announced Jan. 24.
In a timely speech referencing Martin Luther King Jr., she said,”With regard to domestics in this country, now and then, I think Dr. King said it best: ‘All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance.’ And I thank you for recognizing that with our film.”
“Luther” star Idris Elba took home an award for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his role as detective John Luther. Elba’s win is the second time a black actor has won in that category.
Morgan Freeman was honored by Sidney Poitier and Helen Mirren with the Cecil B. DeMille award for his lifetime achievements in the entertainment industry. Past recipients include Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand and other distinguished individuals.
Veteran Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) trumped Viola Davis (The Help) for Best Actress, but made sure to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of her fellow nominees. Streep also took the time to recognize Adepero Oduye and her new film Pariah.