Octavia Spencer, Michael K Williams, Viola Davis, and The Cast of ‘The Help’ Win Big At SAG Awards

Posted on January 30, 2012 /Awards

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The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards aired last night and black female actors slayed their competition. Viola Davis took home one of the top honors for  Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her character, Aibileen Clark in “The Help.” Davis beat out some very stiff competition.  Her former co-star and veteran actress Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), “It” girl Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn), and Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) were all nominated in the same category.   ‘Help’ Co-star Octavia Spencer also won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.  The actress beat out co-star Jessica Chastain, and French actress Berenice Bejo (The Artist).  The cast of The Help won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Legendary actress Cicely Tyson joined Davis, Spencer and most of the cast on stage to accept the ensemble award.  British actor David Oyelowo and Aunjanue Ellis also had speaking roles in the film, but did not take the stage. Michael K Williams and the cast of “Boardwalk Empire” won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

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