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Octavia Spencer: A Subject That Needed To Be Illuminated

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Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer stars in another movie that's gaining Oscar buzz, called ‘Fruitvale Station.' She plays the mother of Oscar Grant, the man shot and killed by a BART police officer.

Fun Facts About Octavia Spencer:

  • She is best known for her role as Minny, the outspoken maid in the 2011 film The 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.
  • At 16, she worked as an intern on the set of The Long Walk Home, a film starring Whoopi Goldberg.
  • Spencer made her film debut as a nurse in Joel Schumacher's A Time to Kill 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.
  • In April 2009, Entertainment Weekly listed Spencer in its list of 25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood.

(Source: Wikipedia)

‘Fruitvale Station' is in theaters now.

You can follow Octavia on Twitter: @octaviaspencer



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