Octavia Spencer wins supporting actress Oscar for "The Help"

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Posted: Feb 26, 2012 9:18 PM
Octavia Spencer wins supporting actress Oscar for "The Help"

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Octavia Spencer won the Oscar for best supporting actress on Sunday for her role as a sassy maid in "The Help".

Spencer, who was considered the favorite to win the Academy Award, plays an outspoken maid in the 1960s drama about African-Americans working for rich white families in Mississippi in the early years of the civil rights era.

It was the first Oscar for the 39-year-old American actress, who had never been nominated previously for an Academy Award.

(Writing by Chris Michaud; Editing by Jill Serjeant and Sandra Maler)