Octavia Spencer wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

Octavia Spencer

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BREAKING: Octavia Spencer has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her sassy role in “The Help.” It’s her first Oscar win.

In “The Help,” she plays Minny Jackson, a maid who suffers through emotional and physical beatings like a native but not a naive veteran of the 1960s civil rights movement.

“The Help” was nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress (for both Spencer and Jessica Chastain). In January, Spencer won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

The Alabama-born actress is perhaps best known for her many roles as a nurse in several films and tv shows such as “ER”. Her film work includes such movies as “A Time to Kill,” “Seven Pounds” and “Halloween II.”

Spencer can be seen next in “Snow Piercer” and an untitled Diablo Cody film.

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