|Viola Davis on the red carpet to Screen Actor’s Guild Awards 2012|
Congratulations to a Bellyitch Posh Mom Style Icon contender Viola Davis on her Best Actress in a leading role WIN last night at the Screen Actor’s Guild awards for her role in last year’s The Help. Davis and her husband recently adopted a child.
Her co-star Octavia Spencer won for best supporting actress which follows her win in that category of the Golden Globes. The movie’s entire cast won for best film ensemble which is the equivalent to Best Movie in the Academy Awards.
|Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis in The|
I feel I should go actually go watch The Help now. I was so conflicted after learning that the women who Davis and Spencer portray did not give permission to author Kathryn Stockett to chronicle their lives in her best selling book then capitalize on their stories in a film; and over the fact the film played into the typical story of blacks being “rescued”; AND that the women were playing the roles as mammies, nannies and caregivers which was stereotypical and expected in early years of film, yet is still today one of limited acting opportunities for black actresses even in this millennium. *sigh*
So far many of the black women who have won top Academy Award honors have portrayed an abusive alcoholic dysfunctional mom (Mo’nique in Precious), an emotionally scarred and damaged woman who subjects herself to an animalistic sex scene with the character that executed her husband (Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball); and a sassy, head-rolling, loud diva whose ego contributes to her downfall (Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls).
We’re on a roll as far as winning BIG for playing not so positive characters. One day one may win playing a strong, mainly positive, empowering force in a gutsy and convincing biopic or something. Here’s hoping!
But all that to say CONGRATULATIONS Viola and Octavia!!