“The Help” reboots Oscar campaign with DVD, Blu-ray release – AWARDS ALLEY
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: In honor of Tate Taylor’s “The Help” reaching DVD and Blu-ray today, we’re revisiting the summer blockbuster and examining the extras that are exclusive to the discs.
Deleted scenes and a “Making of” featurette await those who pick up Disney’s release. In addition, Mary J. Blige includes a music video for her hit single “The Living Proof,” and there’s a tribute to the historical maids of Mississippi titled “In Their Own Words” that continues the messages raised by Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel.
The scene in question finds Allison Janney’s character meeting Skeeter’s (Emma Stone) boyfriend for the first time. There’s a “clean” version of the scene on the DVD. But Stone tells the magazine that in a lost take, director Taylor dared Janney to work blue, so to say, and surprise her co-stars with a salty line delivery.
“So we do the scene, and Allison goes, ‘Well, Senator Whitworth? He f—ed me silly after Ole Miss won the Sugar Bowl!’ Everyone burst out laughing behind the monitor,” Stone recalls. “Whenever I see that scene I just imagine Allison saying that.”
And now, we will, as well.
“The Help” continues to build awards buzz as it marches through the Oscar season. Viola Davis leads several Best Actress lists on Gold Derby, and Octavia Spencer is in the mix for Best Supporting Actress. “Help” is widely considered to be a Best Picture contender, and it could bring Taylor along with it for the ride.
Earlier this year, we honored the ensemble of “The Help” at the Hollywood Film Awards gala. Here is Davis’ acceptance speech on behalf of her formidable cast. At the time, some Oscar bloggers believed this was the moment that cemented her as a player in the awards race. Hard to argue.
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