That's a wrap! Sunday's star-studded Oscars brought the end of an exciting award season filled with winning moments, sweet snaps, and lots of red carpet fashion. The Golden Globes and SAG Awards also brought a mixture of film and TV heavy hitters. There have been many other chances for actors, directors, and more to dress up and celebrate 2011's best films, shows, producers, and more. Click through to see some of our favorite moments from the past two months of shows, parties, and events!
If you'd like to keep things nice and comforting for your Oscars evening, host a party inspired by The Help. Minny's fried chicken featured prominently in the film, and your menu should reflect all of the great richness that comes with Southern cooking. Sip on bourbon cocktails and let the evening drag on as long as you like.
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The ladies of The Help have had an exciting award season run over the past two months. They've picked up honors from the Palm Springs International Film Festival, AFI Awards, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and more. The winning may continue at this weekend's Oscars, where the movie is nominated for best picture and Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer as well as Jessica Chastain are recognized in the acting categories.
As we gear up for the Academy's big night on Sunday, take a look at The Help's awesome season so far and make sure to fill out BuzzSugar's Oscars ballot for a chance to win an iPad 2 and a Prada case!
The NAACP Image Awards rolled out the red carpet at LA's Shrine Auditorium last night to honor stars from TV, film, and music. The Help continued their award season winning streak by adding three new trophies to their growing collection. The film took the evening's top honors with a win in the outstanding motion picture category, while actresses Viola Davis, in a daring Herve L. Leroux gown, and Octavia Spencer respectively took home statues for best actress and best supporting actress — check out the entire list of 2012 NAACP Image Award winners!
Fresh off his hosting gig at last weekend's Grammy Awards, LL Cool J was recognized with the award for best actor in a drama series for his role on NCIS: Los Angeles, while Southland's Regina King was presented with the best actress trophy. Hosts Sanaa Lathan and actor Anthony Mackie were in charge of keeping the star-studded audience excited and entertained, though it was performances by Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo, and Lenny Kravitz that really got the crowd on their feet. The night also paid respects to the late Don Cornelius and culminated with a touching tribute to Whitney House performed gospel singer Yolanda Adams.
After accepting one of the evening's most coveted awards, for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, the stars of The Help paid a visit to the SAG Awards press room. The film was one of the night's biggest winners, with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer also taking home the Actor awards for their leading and supporting roles in the film, respectively. Viola was fresh from snapping up her own individual award and fielded most of the questions backstage. She weighed in on winning the honor over one of her idols, Meryl Streep, and how The Help actually helped her find her own voice. Here are some highlights:
Viola on how she personally related to her character: "During the course of promoting this movie, and having to kind of defend my choices in playing a maid in 1963 Mississippi — [it's] 2011 — and I've had to find my voice. I've had to find my voice as a woman of color, an artist, and I never thought that I would ever be put in a position like that. I've always been kind of in the background, a character actor doing four or five scenes. And all of a sudden, I was being put to the test, kind of being pushed against the wall, kind of making me feel what Abilene, Minnie, [all of them] felt in finding their own voices, and not keeping silent anymore. Not staying in the background."
Viola on how she felt about "beating out" Meryl Streep: "I feel pretty overwhelmed with my name being called. I just don't see the 'best' thing going on. It's hard — every time I start a job ... I feel like I've never done anything before, everyone's going to find me out to be the hack that I am. It's hard to me to think that I triumphed over Meryl Streep. I just think that a few more people checked my name in a box for whatever reason, and this time, I fooled them. You know, I bought a little time to maybe suck in my next role or something."
Viola on why The Help is important: "For me, and I know for Octavia, and for Ms. [Cicely] Tyson, they are the stories of our mothers, our grandmothers, and we absolutely feel like these women's stories are worth it."
Octavia Spencer is taking home the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a movie for The Help! She beat Bérénice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Janet McTeer, and Shailene Woodley. Do you agree with this win?
The Critics' Choice Awards took place in LA tonight and recognized actors, actresses, and films released over the past 12 months. George Clooney took home the top honor of best actor, beating out friends Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling. He was joined at the event by his girlfriend Stacy Keibler and thanked his fellow The Descendants castmates during his heartfelt acceptance speech. The Help was recognized for outstanding ensemble cast with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer each going home with an individual nod for best actress and best supporting actress respectively.
Leonardo DiCaprio took the stage to honor his mentor and film director Martin Scorsese with the Music + Film award and Bob Dylan also paid tribute to Scorsese with a song. Leo brought along his dad George to the dinner, while the actor's girlfriend Erin Heatherton is currently shooting the upcoming Victoria's Secret Summer catalog. The Artist was the biggest winner of the evening with four awards. Ryan Gosling missed out on the celebratory event, however, his suspenseful flick Drive was crowned best action movie while Bridesmaids won best comedy and Rango earned the title of best animated film — check out the entire list of Critics' Choice Awards winners! The awards season is just getting started and don't forget we'll be covering the Golden Globes on Sunday so stay tuned for more fashion, news, and interviews from Hollywood!
The cast of The Help earned the best ensemble cast win tonight at the Critics' Choice Awards, and the ladies from the film were in a reflective mood as they talked about taking on the sometimes-painful movie, as well as bonding off the set over moonshine and fried butter. Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney, and Ahna O'Reilly were among the actresses who stopped to talk with reporters about the latest honor for the film, which has already scored several awards and nominations.
Octavia on how much prejudice still exists today: "We've made progress, but there is still progress that has yet to be made, and thank god for a film like The Help that is making us talk about it."
Viola on the debate the movie sparked: "I agree with Octavia . . . I felt it absolutely once the film came out, that people were outraged that these types of films are still being made, and the wonderful thing that came out of that was just great discourse. I hope that this kind of encourages to keep making films with a cast that looks like this: a racially diverse cast, a female cast, because I think that would be the biggest statement of progress in and of itself."
Allison on getting into character:"I would say that Tate [the director] was wonderful in getting us all down there early before we shot and making us watch this wonderful documentary called Eyes on the Prize that really opened our eyes to remind us of what a terrible time that was in our history in America . . . I'll never forget it. It was truly inspiring . . . and just the heat down there, that played a huge part in just making us feel very much a part of the South. That's a whole character itself, 113 degree weather . . . There was so much that we went through to try and re-create that time in history . . . it made for a really delicious Summer of just love, and pain, and everything that it should be."
Ahna O'Reilly on taking characters from a beloved book: "I think we all were so excited about the book and loved it, but definitely there was an enormous amount of pressure. You know, so many people had read the book and were attached to their ideas of these characters, but you know, it's such a wonderful team of women and there was so much chemistry that we didn't have to create. I think, probably, from the get-go everyone would agree that we knew it was something special whether a lot of people saw it or not. And thankfully, they did."
Viola on the friendships they formed off set: "Thank god for moonshine, lemon pie, fried butter on fried bread . . . I think we needed to cut loose on this one. I mean, we needed to escape from this time period to remind us that we weren't really in this time period. And, really, being in Greenwood, MS, instead of on a sound stage in Los Angeles, we were kind of forced — happily forced — to be with each other and have a lot of laughs with apple-pie moonshine at night. And I think that's what you see. That love, that bonding that happened during those fabulous times. That's when we really built an ensemble."