In the 84-year history of the Academy Awards, there has been one African-American Best Actress winner (Halle Berry for Monster’s Ball) and four black Best Supporting Actress winners (Gone with the Wind’s Hattie McDaniel, Ghost’s Whoopi Goldberg, Dreamgirls’ Jennifer Hudson, and Precious’ Mo’Nique). But never have there been two African-American acting winners from the same film. That could very well change this month thanks to The Help. Both Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer picked up SAG Awards for their performances in the summer hit, and I’ve been predicting Oscar wins for the two of them since November. Without nominations in the directing, writing, or editing categories, it’s got basically no chance at Best Picture, but two big Oscar wins seem likely at this point. On today’s episode of my Oscar.com series Nominated with Dave Karger, I take a closer look at the highest-grossing film in this year’s Best Picture category.
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