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The Help

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Original title
The Help
Running time
146 min.
United States United States
Tate Taylor. Novel: Kathryn Stockett
Thomas Newman
Stephen Goldblatt
Co-production United States-India-United Arab Emirates;
DreamWorks SKG
Drama | Southern Gothic. 1960s. Racism. Friendship. Ensemble Film
Synopsis / Plot
Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Emma Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives -- and a small Mississippi town -- upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Viola Davis), Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up -- to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories -- and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly -- and unwillingly -- caught up in the changing times.
2011: Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Spencer). 4 nominations
2011: Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer). 5 nominations
2011: BAFTA Awards: Best Sup. Actress (Spencer). 5 Nom, Including Best Picture
2011: National Board of Review: Best Ensemble
2011: Critics Choice Awards: 3 awards. 8 nominations
2011: New York Film Critic Circle: Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain)
2011: Satellite Awards: Best Actress (Viola Davis). 4 nominations, including Best Director
2011: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supp. Actress (Chastain)
2011: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
2011: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
2011: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Actress (Davis), Supp. Actress (Spencer) & Cast Ensemble
2011: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2011: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 2 Nom. including Most Promising Filmmaker
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