The Help

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times.

I loved “The Help” but I am always a sucker for a mid-century period film.  If you really look at the white black dynamics that this movie brings up you are really looking at a soft sell.  It was much worse, per my parent’s accounting.

This is one of my most nominated movies out of the my personal contenders.  So instead of plot, let’s just go for why it’s nominated award by award.

Best Picture-I love the idea that this is nominated for best picture, best ensemble cast so far in my movie watching.  But I am not sure how much clout a comedy has for best picture when it’s up against movies like “The Artist” or “The Descendants.”  Will it win? Maybe not. But it is one of the best popular book adaptations I have seen in a while.

Viola Davis-Oh Viola, You are a fantastic actress.  I love your skills, but your attitude kinda sucks.  I saw her on a TV interview about how much this nomination means to her because she doesn’t have roles coming to her like Meryl or even Rooney F’in Mara because she is black.  Yes this is probably true. But the problem isn’t your skills baby it’s the movie business. You spent a ton of time on TV and a ton on time on stage, that won’t always read on the silver screen!  I think she is very deserving.  If it wasnt for Meryl she would have this win on lock.  But old money beats out new.

Jessica Chastain-This is where you shine, bimbo blonde.  Yes in “Tree of Life” you played a beautiful nurturing mother, and in “Doubt” you play a hard ass Mossad agent, but where you really show some range is where you play the vapid colorblind redneck.  I love you and I can’t wait to see more hollywood movies from you. Would it be so much to ask for a Rom-Com.  (let’s be real I am still a girl after all)

Octavia Spencer-Girl we know you are going to win it, and you deserve it. You have come a long way from Moesha.

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