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?
February 27, 2012 at 7:30 am by Emily
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?
February 23, 2012 at 5:30 am by Emily
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!
February 3, 2012 at 4:30 am by Emily
Can I admit something here? It’s kind of horrible, and I’m ashamed of myself for it, but I feel like this is a safe place and that I can tell you guys anything. So, ok, here goes … I still haven’t seen The Help. Wow. I feel so much better after admitting that. I feel like this weight has been lifted from my … oh god. You guys are going to hate me for this, aren’t you? You guys are going to tell me that because I haven’t seen one popular film that I am horrible at my job. Why did I ever tell anyone that I haven’t seen The Help?*
But listen, the fact that I haven’t seen this supposedly amazing film that has won award after award and that has been nominated for a number of Oscars isn’t important right now. Because right now, I am completely in love with Octavia Spencer for not being afraid tell it like it is:
“It’s our society,” Octavia Spencer told me backstage at tonight’s SAG Awards, right after her big Best Supporting Actress win for The Help. I had just asked what the foodie actress thought of stick-thin Hollywood actresses.
Octavia was hardly done:
“It’s a society that tells you you’re no longer valuable at a certain age,” commanded the actress, who played a maid famous for her fried chicken and chocolate pie. “Or because of your weight.”
Nevertheless, Spencer went on to say that she wasn’t proud of her own weight—that she could lose a “little ’round the middle”—but that she still “feels” for women who starve themselves in Hollywood and wishes they wouldn’t.
“Women would be much happier if they ate. I know I sure get a headache when I don’ t eat!”
“But, you know what, Ted?” Octavia, glittering in gray satin and sequins, said picking up her heavy SAG trophy. ”I’m just gonna lift this baby a few times to lose that little bit of weight I need to!”
I don’t need to have seen Octavia’s reportedly wonderful performance in The Help to appreciate the hell out of this. And this isn’t hating on thin women or women who work hard to maintain a certain weight, this is just simple exasperation about women who don’t eat at all to stay thin. Believe me, I have a lot of skinny friends, and there’s a huge difference between the ones who super healthy or just naturally petite and the ones who flat out refuse to eat, and that last category could certainly stand to gain a little happiness.
But mostly I’m just totally in awe of that last little comment Octavia made about lifting her trophy to lose weight. That is just pure classy sass, and I love it to pieces.
How do you guys feel about Octavia? Are you going to be rooting for her at the Oscars?
*Other movies I haven’t seen include Drive, Moneyball, The Descendants, The Artist, My Week with Marilyn, The Ides of March, Hugo, or The Iron Lady. However, I did see Beginners and We Need to Talk About Kevin, so …