Award season has come to a close with a couple of big wins for African Americans in the industry. At last night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, Octavia Spencer took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Help.”
Octavia was moved to tears by the win, thanking the Academy for putting her with “the hottest guy in the room,” and also shouting out her family in her home state of Alabama, her LA family, and of course, her “Help” family.
Speaking of “The Help,” Cast mate Viola Davis who was up for an Academy Award for Best Leading Actress lost to Meryl Streep for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “Iron Lady,” but the Oscar contender still made a statement. Taking her husband’s hair advice, Viola showed up au natural in an emerald Vera Wang gown and looked stunning on the red carpet.
In a surprising win, Diddy also garnered an Oscar last night for “Undefeated.” Diddy was the executive producer behind the high school football film and the Academy recognized the work with an award for Best Documentary. Diddy—shockingly—didn’t hit the stage to accept the award with the other members of the production team, but he did tweet his own form of an acceptance speech, writing: “Holy s***!!!! God is the greatest!!!! Thank you! #undefeated !!!!”
Check out Octavia Spencer’s emotional acceptance speech here. Did you catch last night’s ceremony?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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