Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer Receive 2012 Oscar Nominations

Source: Ronke Idowu Reeves / BET

This morning, the list for the best and brightest in film for Hollywood was finally announced. Viola Davis was nominated for Best Actress for her role as the stoic, proud maid Aibileen Clark in the 1960s period drama The Help. Davis’ stiffest competition comes from her friend, two-time Academy Award winner and now 18-time nominee Meryl Streep her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. If Davis wins the Best Actress award, she will become only the second African-American woman in history (after Halle Berry in 2002) to receive that award in the Academy’s 84-year history.

The Help costar Octavia Spencer received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her turn as the spunky and spirited ‘revenge pie baker’ Minnie Jackson. Last year the 39-year old actress told Anderson Cooper that she beat out A-list actresses Queen Latifah, Mo’Nique and Jennifer Hudson for the breakout screen role. Spencer’s potential win in this category will put her in the ranks of Hattie McDaniel, Whoopi Goldberg and of course, Mon’Nique and Hudson.

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