Octavia Spencer

Octavia Lenora Spencer

Octavia Lenora Spencer(born May 25, 1970 or 1972)is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Minny, the outspoken maid in the 2011 filmThe Help, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress , among other accolades including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role .

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 Octavia Spencer's Early life and education

studying drama (1988–89), and received a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Auburn University .

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 Octavia Spencer's Career

, a film starring Whoopi Goldberg .

based on the book by John Grisham. She was originally hired to work on casting, but asked Schumacher if she could audition for a small part.Other film credits include:Never Been Kissed,Big Momma's House,Bad Santa,Spider-Man,Coach Carter,Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!andPretty Ugly People. She has made a number of guest appearances on television series includingRaising the Bar,CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,The Big Bang Theory,Wizards of Waverly Place,NYPD Blue,Grounded for Life,ER,Titus,BeckerandDharma & Greg. She is best known for her starring roles as Serenity Johnson on Comedy Central'sHalfway Home, and Constance Grady, the amorous INS caseworker onUgly Betty.

, starring opposite veteran actress Beth Grant. It was her first and only play, as she told Back Stage Magazine that she suffers from "stage fright."Later that year, she starred opposite Allison Janney in Tate Taylor 's critically lauded short feature,Chicken Party.

as Kate, Rosario Dawson's home care nurse, garnered her high praise and media attention.

In August 2009, Spencer appeared in Rob Zombie 'sHalloween II. She also had a role in the American remake of the Danish classicLove at First Hiccupopposite Scout Taylor-Compton. Spencer starred in the hit web series-turned feature filmHerpes Boyalongside Beth Grant, Ahna O'Reilly, and Byron Lane; and, can be heard as the voice of "Minny" on the audio version ofThe Help, the "New York Times Best Seller" by Kathryn Stockett. Later that year, Spencer's short filmThe Captainwas honored by the CICFF as a finalist for the coveted REEL Poetry Award.

The Help, in which she played the feisty and unflappable domestic Minny Jackson. The film was directed by Tate Taylor , and produced by Brunson Green, Chris Columbus , Michael Barnathan , and Mark Radcliffe . Her role garnered her critical acclaim, and started talk of various awards nominations. She won the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her work inThe Help.

, and on February 26 she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the same performance; making it her first Oscar nomination and first win. Spencer was so thrilled to win that she could hardly speak at the ceremony and was given a standing ovation and was moved to tears during her acceptance speech. In June 2012, Spencer was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences .In 2013, she appeared alongside Michael B. Jordan inFruitvale Station, a film chronicling the last of Oscar Grant who was killed at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in 2009.

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 Octavia Spencer's Filmography

Films & Television
YearFilmRoleNotes
1996 A Time to Kill Roark's Nurse
1997 The 6th Man Nativity Watson
Sparkler Wanda
1999 Lansky(TV movie) Evelyn the Maid
Never Been Kissed Cynthia
Being John Malkovich Woman in Elevator
Blue Streak Shawna
2000 The Sky Is Falling Nurse No. 2
Malcolm in the Middle Cashier TV series; season 2, episode 09
Everything Put Together Nurse B
Missing Pieces(TV movie) Elegant Guest
American Virgin Agnes Large
What Planet Are You From? Baby Nurse
Auto Motives Rhonda
Big Momma's House Twila
Four Dogs Playing Poker Waitress
2001 Sol Goode Unemployment Clerk
The Journeyman Black Belly
Follow the Stars Home(TV movie) Hildy
2002 Spider-Man Check-In Girl
Little John(TV movie) Waitress
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Security Guard
S.W.A.T. Neighbor in Alley
Chicken Party Laqueta Mills
Bad Santa Opal
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Janine
Breakin' All the Rules Stylist
2005 Coach Carter Mrs. Battle
Pretty Persuasion Woman
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom
Dancing & Charm School
Ayisha Lebaron
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Octavia – Bookstore
Beauty Shop Big Customer
Wannabe Lady Chanet Janney Jones
2006 Pulse Landlady
2006–2007 The Minor Accomplishments
of Jackie Woodman
Cheryl / Female Security Guard TV series; 4 episodes
2007 The Nines Streetwalker
Halfway Home Serenity Johnson TV series; 10 episodes
Ugly Betty Constance Grady TV series; "Sofia's Choice", "I'm Coming Out""Icing on the Cake", "Punch Out"
2008 Next of Kin Grace
Pretty Ugly People Mary
The Spleenectomy Nurse
The Big Bang Theory DMV Employee
Seven Pounds Kate (Home Health Care Nurse)
Wizards of Waverly Place Dr. Evilini TV series; 2 episodes
2009 The First Time (Love At First Hiccup) Mrs. Hambrick
Drag Me to Hell Bank Co-Worker No. 1
Jesus People: The Movie Angel Angelique
The Soloist Troubled Woman
Just Peck Detention Room Teacher
Halloween II Nurse Daniels
Dollhouse Professor Jackie TV series; 1 episode
Herpes Boy Rochelle
Small Town Saturday Night Rhonda Dooley
Raising the Bar Arvina Watkins TV series; 5 episodes
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Madame Nora
2011 The Help Minny Jackson Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
African American Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Black Film Critics Circle for Best Supporting Actress
Black Film Critics Circle for Best Ensemble
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performance
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Women Film Critics Circle for Best Ensemble
Nominated –Black Reel Awardfor Breakthrough Performance
Nominated –Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated –Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated –Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated –Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated –Houston Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated –Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated –London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated –MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
Nominated –Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated –San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Best Ensemble Performance
Nominated –Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated –St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated –Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Peep World Allison
Flypaper Madge Wiggins
2012 Smashed Jenny
2013 30 Rock Herself TV series; EpisodeGame Over
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Dr. Nance Lifetime Original Movie
Fruitvale Station Wanda Completed
Baggage Claim Post-Production
Snowpiercer Tanya Post-Production
Paradise Loray Post-Production
2014 Black and White Filming

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 Octavia Spencer's References

  1. Conner, Tametria. "Octavia Spencer before she was a star". 
  2. Octavia, Spencer (January 24, 12). "Twitter / octaviaspencer: ERM, for some reason I'm being…". Twitter. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  3. "Octavia Spencer Talks Wearing Triple Spanx & Clears Rumors On Her Age". February 2, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  4. "Octavia Spencer's Surprising Post-Oscars Splurge". 
  5. Calkin, Jessamy (July 16, 2009). "The maid's tale: Kathryn Stockett examines slavery and racism in America's Deep South". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
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  7. Greene, Teri (August 14, 2011). "Montgomery native stars in ‘The Help’". Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  8. Carlton, Bob (August 7, 2011). "Montgomery actress Octavia Spencer may become a star with The Help". The Birmingham News. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  9. "Octavia Spencer". comedy central. 
  10. Dreier, Peter (February 27, 2012). "Will The Help's Oscar Revive Interest in The Long Walk Home?". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  11. Riley, Jenelle (April 5, 2005). "Octavia Spencer: The Quip Queen". allbusiness.com. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  12. Riley, Jenelle (August 8, 2011). "How Octavia Spencer Landed the Role of a Lifetime". backstage.com. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  13. Rosen, Lisa (February 4, 2009). "Big impressions in brief roles". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  14. "Octavia Spencer – The 25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood". ew.com. April 13, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  15. "Could Viola Davis, Emma Stone & Octavia Spencer Get Oscar Nods for 'The Help'?" from iVillage website
  16. Thompson, Arienne (June 29, 2012). "McConaughey, Spencer invited to join Academy". USA Today. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  17. Kit, Borys (April 17, 2012). "Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer to Star in Movie About Controversial Police Killing (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 

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