“The Help” is an Oscar machine. While the 2011 drama didn’t win Best Picture, no film has produced more Oscar winners — and all women at that — in the same amount of time since. With Allison Janney’s victory Sunday night for “I, Tonya,” she is the fourth actress from “The Help” to win an Oscar since the film’s release, following Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Emma Stone. Who will be next?
The first thing the other ladies of “The Help” need to know is that you need to be nominated against Spencer or in the same year as her if you want to win. As we’ve noted before, all three of Spencer’s nominations so far have been against her pals from the Tate Taylor film. She won Best Supporting Actress for “The Help,” defeating co-star Jessica Chastain, while Davis lost Best Actress to Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”). Five years later, Davis (“Fences”) won Best Supporting Actress over Spencer (“Hidden Figures”), the same year Stone took home Best Actress for “La La Land.” And now we have Janney beating Spencer (“The Shape of Water”) for Best Supporting Actress.
All four were at Sunday’s ceremony and Davis tweeted a photo of herself, Janney and Spencer. (Where were you, Emma?!)
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) March 5, 2018
Of the rest of the cast of “The Help,” two were Oscar winners before they did the film, and they coincidentally won in the same year: Sissy Spacek and Mary Steenburgen for their 1980 flicks “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Melvin and Howard,” respectively. But who can’t use a second Oscar, right? Cicely Tyson, who was nominated for Best Actress for “Sounder” (1972), is the only other previous nominee besides Chastain.
Let’s see what some of the ladies of “The Help” have coming down the pipeline that might help them (pun intended) ascend the Dolby stage.
The two-time nominee has fallen short in her last three nomination bids for “A Most Violent Year” (2014), “Miss Sloane” (2016) and this season’s “Molly’s Game.” Her Western drama “Woman Walks Ahead” was acquired by A24 in October, but no release date has been announced. Chastain, who joined the “It” sequel last month, will venture into superhero territory as a shapeshifter in November’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix.” She is attached to play country singer Tammy Wynette in the biopic “George and Tammy” opposite Josh Brolin, which is probably her likeliest Oscar ticket. She and Spencer are also making a holiday comedy together after Chastain secured equal pay for her friend.
Bryce Dallas Howard
Howard will be running away from dinosaurs again (hopefully not in heels) in June’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” She is slated to make her directorial debut with the adaptation of the Matthew Quick novel “Sorta Like a Rock Star.”
The 93-year-old legend, who appeared in “Last Flag Flying” last year, currently has no film projects in the works. She has mostly done TV work in recent years, nabbing two drama guest actress Emmy nominations for playing Davis’ mother on “How to Get Away with Murder” (she returned again in the March 1 episode).
Spacek can next be seen on Hulu’s “Castle Rock,” but she’ll return to the big screen later this year in “Old Man and the Gun,” a true story about Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), a bank robber who escaped from prison dozens of times and wants to do one last heist. Spacek plays his wife Jewel, so this could be a classic “long-suffering wife” supporting play.
The “Last Man on Earth” star can next be seen in “Book Club” opposite fellow Oscar winners Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton and Emmy champ Candice Bergen. She also has “Antiquities” in the books, about a man trying to find out who his dad was after the latter’s death.
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