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The Best Part of The Oscars: Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer’s Acceptance Speeches

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When the Oscar nominations were first released, I wanted nothing more than for Melissa McCarthy to win the award for Best Supporting Actress in Bridesmaids. And truly, I wanted it so, so much. But then something happened. Octavia Spencer, a nominee in the same category whose movie, The Help, I still haven’t seen, managed to work her way into my heart with her wise words and beautiful attitude. I found myself starting to root for Octavia instead, and I felt so torn about that.

But then Octavia won, and I saw her acceptance speech, and I’m not torn at all anymore:

How could you watch that and have any negative feelings whatsoever? Go ahead, watch it a few more times so you can get a wonderful warm and fuzzy in your soul for the rest of the day.

Now, the Best Supporting Actor award? That was an entirely different story. Christopher Plummer was always going to win, there was no way he wasn’t going to win, and that was exactly what I wanted. I LOVE Christopher Plummer. Captain Von Trapp, you guys, come on. Christopher Plummer was also the villian in Up, and the narrator of Madeline. He’s a magical man, and he was exceedingly magical in Beginners, which yes, I actually did see. He deserved this a million times over, and his acceptance speech only highlighted that fact:

Are you charmed enough yet?

Let’s Get to Know Octavia Spencer!

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Slowly but surely, Octavia Spencer has been working her way into my heart. I still haven’t seen her big movie, but between her classy blogs on Facebook and the way she handles herself in interviews, I’m definitely a fan. I think she’s good people, and I’m glad that she seems to be really making it big now. But all that doesn’t change the fact that I don’t really know all that much about her. And, not to discount you guys or anything, but I bet a lot of you don’t know that much about her either.

So let’s read this interview she did with Parade and learn together, ok?

On life before fame: “I was a production assistant. I saw what people who are full of themselves are like—another reason not to lose your humility! I have a mouth on me so I wasn’t the best PA.”

On her favorite celebrity encounter: “I can’t say one experience is better than the other one but if I had to, I would say Steven Spielberg. I saw him quite a few times and he was always smiling. And I literally probably looked like a stalker. He and Oprah. They’re right there together. Oprah changed my dream of what I could be and Steven influenced every ounce of my artistry. I think he’s just the best ever. The fact that I got to do a movie for his studio and had conversations with him is like ‘Oh my God.’”

On law: ”I have an affinity for the law. I like looking at the small type on contracts, and if I could have afforded law school, I probably would have gone.”

On having six brothers and sisters: “I honestly wouldn’t know how it would be without that many siblings. I was a big reader and sometimes it was like I didn’t have brothers or sisters at all because I would be in a corner somewhere reading. We all have one or two we talk to all the time but we all are pretty close.”

On presents to herself: “Well, I am going to get my boobs lifted. That’s going to be my first gift. I’m going to do that. I figured going into my forties I want my boobs where they were when I was 17.”

But when? “Oh definitely post because right after the Oscars I start a Diablo Cody movie. We’re taping out of the country for four months so I wouldn’t be back here until about August. So I would want to do this around November. Then that way I could just relax until January.”

I think I’m going to have to enlist Octavia here as my secondary BFF. I’ll take turns hanging out with her and Adele, and sometimes we’ll all hang out and go on girl dates, and then we’ll go to Claire’s and get Best Friends Forever necklaces: Octavia gets “best,” Adele gets “friends,” and, of course, I get “forever.” We’ll do karaoke and Adele will totally dominate it, and then Octavia will make a hilarious joke about it and it will all be so much fun.

Uh, how are you guys loving Octavia Spencer?

Octavia Spencer Speaks The Truth!

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Octavia, you tricky trickster! Are you trying to win my heart? Are you trying to get me, along with everyone else, to root for you to win Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards? Because it might be working.

But no! Melissa McCarthy is nominated in the same category, and I love Melissa McCarthy. There was never any doubt that if she were nominated, I would wish with all my heart that she would win. Curse you, Octavia!

If you’ll remember, earlier this week I told you guys about Octavia’s classy sass, about her comments on her weight and how she believes that “women would be much happier if they ate.” I was all “tell ‘em, girl,” and now that Octavia has made another statement, this time on her Facebook, I want her to tell ‘em even more. I want her to tell ‘em … in her acceptance speech at the Oscars?

Here’s the note on Octavia’s Facebook, which is titled “A Weighty Isssue”:

After being honored by my Guild on Sunday, I was whisked to the Press Room where one of the first questions I was asked (by Ted Casablanca) was ‘what I felt about underweight women’. (i’m paraphrasing here) I’m thinking….this is relevant because… Then I started thinking, would these questions ever be asked of my male counterparts? Better yet, underweight actors or actresses? Nah, I don’t think so!

Anyway, I answer: “Women would be alot happier if they ate…However, it is society that has told them and continues to tell them that you are less valued if you are of a certain age, or weight…something has to change. ” I began that by addressing my own weight issue..”Granted I’m not at the healthiest weight because when you are heavier around the middle…” blah blah blah. YOu get it. The next thing I read, Octavia Spencer is WORRIED ABOUT HER WEIGHT…. OCTAVIA SPENCER FEELS SHE IS LESS VALUED BECAUSE OF HER WEIGHT…

Of course I was miffed that not only was I being misrepresented, but it was sending THE WRONG MESSAGE to kids out there.

So, I decided to tell you IN MY OWN DAMNED WORDS the truth!

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