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  • Zach Lozano
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    Not trying to start any serious awards chatter for this, but why does Octavia Spencer always choose these types of roles in movies that look like they could end up on Hallmark or Lifetime? She is a two type Academy Award nominee, including one win (despite how undeserved it may be), so she could be much pickier with her roles. Any thoughts as to why she always goes for these sorts of roles?

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    Maybe that’s the only kind of roles she get offered? I do not know how picky she can get when that’s all there is for her.

    Even when the movies turn from her usual filmography, like in Snowpiercer, the roles are not that different. Probably in the upcoming The Shape of Water she will end up playing the same kind of character she always get to play.

    So no matter if it’s a Hallmark like or a weird fantasy romance held by Guillermo del Toro, those types of roles choose her.

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    It’s because she is a black actress trying to make money in Hollywood. It is sad, but Hollywood is still at the point where it is easier for a hot actress with no charisma and can’t act to get work than an Oscar winning black actress. It’s a shame.

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    iheartamyadams
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    I think it’s pretty obvious that she doesn’t have much range nor is she in a position where she can be too picky about her roles but I actually think her post Oscar filmography has been pretty solid. Get On Up, Fruitvale Station, Snowpiercer, Smashed, Hidden Figures, and Zootopia are all good movies. The Divergent series aren’t, but it’s a popular franchise that gives her more exposure.

    I just don’t think we can expect too much from an actress of colour in her forties that isn’t a great beauty and hasn’t proven to be a powerhouse performer. She works reasonably well within her comfort zone and that’s about it. She’s not a Viola Davis in terms of talent. I think she’s doing great with all things considered. Getting another nomination only five years after her win in something I wouldn’t have predicted.

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    BigJay2012
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    She deserved her Oscar

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    Hieu Vo
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    It’s interesting you say that because I am actually quite happy that she is even getting work. Not to say she isn’t talented, I am a fan of hers. But it is quite hard for Black women over a certain age to get booked. Even if she gets pigeon holed to a certain role, she is going to have 4 movie releases in 2017 and that’s tremendous.

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    She didn’t deserve to win for “The Help” but she was actually my pick this year for “Hidden Figures”. Viola Davis was a good choice as well, but Spencer was just as effective, if not more. “Hidden Figures” overall is a way better film than “Fences” and Janelle Monáe should have been an Oscar nominee over Michelle Williams as well.

    As of the actual question, Spencer’s career is fine. She has a win in two Oscar nominations and she is casted in high-profile films. I can see her at least one more Oscar nomination in the future. I wish her all the best, she deserves it!

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    Like it or not “The Shack” will be/IS an important film for many people and thus Spencer has nothing to be ashamed of in terms of her association with this project. I don’t know about box office – it might be a surprise hit – or awards prospects but I read the book and put Spencer’s image in her part and she can do really great with this role that looks like calm, warm and engaging presence. She did “Bad Santa 2” and nobody questioned that.

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    This is why Octavia Spencer is hosting “SNL” this week! Promoting this film! Looks super hacky and shitty, but I can’t really “blame” her for taking these kind of roles. Slim pickings out there for minority actresses, even for Oscar winners. Totally different for someone like Margot Robbie who just has to blink and she’s cast in a film. That’s sadly how this game is played.

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    vinny
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    I’d imagine this movie is probably a good move for all the actors involved. The book is insanely popular even with the bad reviews. They are probably being introduced to a whole new viewers (the Christian/religious ones that only watch stuff like this) for the first time.

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    31 on Metacritic with 13 reviews.

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