Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer’s 10 Best Movies

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer was primarily a career TV guest star for the first 20 years of her career.  There aren’t many dramas or comedies from the late 1990s to early 2000s that don’t have a guest appearance from Spencer.  She picked up the odd role in films, but it wasn’t until her Oscar-winning turn in The Help that he exploded into one of the best character actresses in Hollywood.  Spencer is almost never the star, but any film is immediately elevated by her presence, versatility, and strength as an actress.  Equally comfortable with drama or comedy, Spencer has a deceptive intensity.  When she fixes her gaze on the target of her character’s focus, she commands not only their attention, but transfixes the audience as well.  With multiple Oscar nominations since breaking out in The Help, Spencer has become one of the most sought after additions to any ensemble cast.

Octavia Spencer and Chris Evans in Gifted
Octavia Spencer’s Best 10

1. Gifted (2017) Roberta Taylor
2. Zootopia (2016) Mrs. Otterman
3. The Help (2011) Minny Jackson
4. Snowpiercer (2013) Tanya
5. Fruitvale Station (2013) Wanda
6. Hidden Figures (2016) Dorothy Vaughan
7. A Time to Kill (1996) Roark’s Nurse
8. The Shape of Water (2017) Zelda Fuller
9. Seven Pounds (2008) Kate
10. The Soloist (2009) Troubled Woman
Honorable Mention: Get on Up (2014) Aunt Honey

Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis in The Help

Oscars, Golden Globes & Emmys

Oscar Wins (1): The Help (2012)

Oscar Nominations (3): The Help (2012), Hidden Figures (2017), The Shape of Water (2018)

Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water

Golden Globe Wins (1): The Help (2012)

Golden Globe Nominations (3): The Help (2012), Hidden Figures (2017), The Shape of Water (2018)

Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures

Emmy Wins (0): None

Emmy Nominations (0): None

Octavia Spencer in Fruitvale Station

My Favorite Spencer Scene:
“The Last Time I Visit You” from Fruitvale Station (2014)

Next Film: Spencer’s next project is the drama A Kid Like Jake with Claire Danes and Jim Parsons set for release in May 2018.
Jim Parsons, Claire Danes, and Octavia Spencer in A Kid Like Jake

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