In the past week, “The Help” has been helping itself to lots of awards nominations with Best Picture bids from the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards and a Best Film Ensemble nod from the Screen Actors Guild. Can all of this attention translate into the top prize at the Oscars?
Brunson Green, one of the film’s producers, thinks, “What’s interesting about this year is that they’ve changed the rules with how many nominations there can be (at the Oscars). Supposedly, it is to our disadvantage because we are a film that everybody really, really, really likes, but it’s more of a mainstream movie. So, they really don’t know how people are going to vote this year because it’s all based on the number of number one votes you get. I mean, it’s anybody’s guess which films are going to land this year.” Green, along with Michael Barnathan and Chris Columbus (“Harry Potter,” “Rent”), are the trio who would collect the Best Picture Oscars.
Tate Taylor, who also adapted the screenplay from childhood friend Kathryn Stockett‘s bestseller, had his full support: “We thought if no studio was going to let Tate direct the film, that we would just go ahead and make it independently.” Then Disney got on board and the budget allowed for an all-star cast. Leading lady Viola Davis and supporting players Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer all reaped Globe, SAG, and Critics’ Choice bids.
Our exclusive Gold Derby statistics have “The Help” tied with “War Horse” in third place for Best Picture with odds of 12/1. “The Artist” is ahead with odds of 6/5 while “The Descendants” is second with odds of 5/1. All but one of our 30 Experts (Jeff Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere is the holdout) and all 10 of our Editors expect “The Help” to contend at the Oscars.