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“The Help” scores key DVD release date – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Walt Disney Home Entertainment announced its slate of DVD release for now through the end of the year, and one title caught our Oscar-tracking eye.

Tate Taylor’s “The Help,” an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel, has a Tuesday, Dec. 6 release date. Perfect timing for a film that will want to get back on the radars of awards voters as the year-end glut of prestige pictures battle for headlines.

“The Help” already has earned significant support by earning a whopping $162.6 million at the domestic box office. That’s usually a factor when analyzing the chances of a Best Picture contender, while not the only factor.

But a scan of the usual Oscar-tracking Web site will tell you that “Help” co-star Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are leading candidates in their respective categories. And the ensemble is being recognized at this year’s Hollywood Film Festival and Awards Gala, which will be held at the end of the month in Beverly Hills.

Will it be the first stop on a lengthy awards run? Possibly. And Disney getting “The Help” back into stores in early December is an incredibly smart move that can only bolster the film’s already healthy Oscar campaign.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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