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Oscars: Who from “The Help” will help themselves to an Oscar nod? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell The women of “The Help” don’t mind telling us who they think should win at next month’s Academy Awards.

I’ll give you a hint: The winners of choice star in a little film you might have heard of called “The Help.”

In an amusing interview with E!, the outspoken Octavia Spencer – who has picked up Golden Globe and SAG nominations for her role in Tate Taylor’s crowd-pleasing film – cheerfully proclaimed, “Viola Davis deserves to be the Best Actress.” Not so biased, right?

As for her supporting actress category, Spencer said the winner should be “myself, Jessica Chastain or Melissa McCarthy. Or Carey Mulligan.”

So political! But that says something about this year. It will be harder for Academy members to choose a winner when the acting categories are expected to be brimming with legitimate talent. “The Help,” itself, boasts so many fantastic performances that the idea of singling out one lady over another would be too difficult.

Which is why, last October, we recognized the cast of “The Help” with our Hollywood Ensemble Award, recognizing Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Mary Steenburgen, and Cicely Tyson.

Davis spoke on behalf of her co-stars. It remains my favorite speech from the awards event. See for yourself, then sit back and wait to see who gets into the official Oscar race on Jan. 24.

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– The cast of “The Artist.”
Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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