‘The Help’ wins big at Screen Actors Guild awards

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer both take home prizes

The Help swept the board at last night’s Screen Actors Guild awards, taking home three prizes.

The race relations drama was recognised for its ensemble cast, while stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were also given awards.

Accepting the prize for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role, Davis said: “I am so proud to be an actor… I have a special, special note to the kids in Central Falls, Rhode Island, in Segue Institute Of Learning in Central Falls, Rhode Island; to dream big and dream fierce.”

Spencer, who triumphed over her co-star Jessica Chastain in the Supporting Role category, said in her acceptance speech: “I have to say that it was really a privilege to work on a film that gave a voice to so many women who made it possible for me to be standing here tonight.

“These women represented our mothers, our grandmothers, and it was their courage and them facing the challenges that they faced every day, and living their life, and dignity and grace. And I thank you. By honouring me, you honour them.”

Elsewhere, Jean Dujardin Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role for The Artist, while Christopher Plummer took home the Male Supporting Role award for Beginners.