Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer won big at this year’s Screen Actors Guild event taking home Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards for their roles in “The Help”. It is the first time in recent memory that two African-American actors won in the top categories. The honors are bittersweet, however; the actresses won for their leading and supporting roles as maids.
The film has been hotly debated since it hit theaters back in 2011, garnering a mix of both criticism and praise from African-American audiences who have had it with Hollywood’s adulation for stories that depict Blacks in subservient roles.
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