Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day, and Octavia Spencer reminded us of that in her winner’s speech during Sunday night’s Golden Globes.
After winning Best Supporting Actress for The Help, Spencer said:
“With regard to domestics in this country, now and then, I think Dr. King said it best: 'All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance.' And I thank you for recognizing that with our film.”
Spencer later said backstage that even though the characters in The Help are fictional, they still “represent scores of real people.”
"The narrative itself is part of our fabric," she said. "It's important to keep the younger generation abreast of how far we've come, because this is really foreign to them."
The Help has had its share of controversy, as it features a White woman inspiring Black maids.
"Once we stop looking at 'It takes a white girl,' we need to take a look at the fact that it's these women who came together to do something huge in their small community," Octavia said. "I'm a realist – we live in a multifaceted, multicultural world, and maybe if we stop labeling ourselves, everyone else will."
And if there was Oscar buzz surrounding Octavia’s performance before her Golden Globe win, it’s gotten even louder now.
Hollyscoop asked Spencer how she’d feel about an Oscar nod.
“It would be exciting if it happened, but you know, right now I’m a proponent of living in the moment,” Spencer told us.
She adds that her success hasn’t “been an easy road.”
“It just says as long as you persevere great things can happen,” Octavia told Hollyscoop. “So I’m a testament of that.”