Congratulations are in order for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for winning big at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last night:
“The Help,” a movie about the treatment of maids in a Mississippi town during the civil rights era, took top honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night, making it the movie to watch as the Oscar awards approach next month. Viola Davis won the best actress trophy, while Octavia Spence was given the best supporting actress honor. Both women portrayed maids.
“The Help” also won the best cast ensemble SAG award. “The stain of racism and sexism is not just for people of color and women,” Davis said. “It’s all of our burden, all of us.” Davis’ best actress win seemed to throw the Oscar competition into a frenzy, since she beat Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams, actresses who won Golden Globes two weeks ago.
Streep was nominated for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “Iron Lady,” and MIchelle Williams, was nominated for playing movie legend Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn.”
Octavia even brought herself a lil swirly young bol to the awards and spoke about her weight issues:
Octavia Spencer got a little ‘help’ from her friend Josh Hopkins at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. “I decided to rob Cougar Town — I’m a cougar tonight, but Josh is my dear friend, so I’m not going to put my claws in him,” she told E!’s Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet of Hopkins, 41. Telling Rancic she and Hopkins go “way back,” Spencer (clad in a Tadashi Soji gown, Stuart Weitzman shoes and a Judith Lieber bag) knew she had to bring him along to celebrate her Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role win. “I thought it only fitting to have a good friend by my side who’s not a part of Team Help,” Spencer, 39, said.
“I am not healthy at this weight,” Spencer, 39, said backstage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where she won a best supporting actress trophy. “Any time you have too much around the middle, then there is a problem. [And] when you reach a certain weight, you are less valuable.”
Check out more pics of the ladies with their awards below: