Let ‘The Help’ Oscar Speculation Begin

With the help doing surprisingly well at the box office this week (at least partly because everything else that came out sucked), it’s time to begin speculation on what Oscar nominations it might receive. Because as we all know, there’s nothing that white people like more than stories about them helping out minorities (see Blind Side, The). Let’s go to the block quote:

At this point, the movie seems to have all the ingredients for Oscar attention: mostly positive reviews, through-the-roof audience reaction, and just a smidgen of controversy. It seems to me like Emma Stone and Viola Davis should be campaigned as Best Actress while the rest of the strong female cast (including Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, and Sissy Spacek) belongs in the supporting category.

To be fair, the linked article speculates mostly on the acting awards and not a possible best picture nomination and without having seen the movie I can’t really comment on their performances. That said, it would be nice for black actresses to get recognition for roles other than maid, or messed up ghetto child (I’m looking at you Precious). It would also be nice to see a movie about oppressed and disadvantaged people helping each other improve their lot in life rather than needing some type of white savior. I’m not saying that The Help sends the wrong message, I think it conveys a perfectly acceptable, if slightly candy-coated one. What I am saying is that there are too many movies like The Help or The Blind Side, which seem to focus on the ‘white savior’ parable and too few movies which focus on how minority communities bond together and find strength in each other.


Posted on August 15, 2011, in Academy Awards, Quality Programming, Serious Topics and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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