Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer)
What's It About: Aspiring journalist and author Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone), disgusted with the racist/elitist/classist behavior of her well-to-do friends from childhood, seeks to write a book from the point of view of "the help." Framed within the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Skeeter enlists two maids (Davis and Spencer) to help craft the book from their perspectives.
Why You Should See It: Besides being a truly dramatic, heartfelt film, if you possess any estrogen in your bloodstream "The Help" will call out to you. Also worth seeing are the standout and always-entertaining performances by Davis, Chastain and Spencer, who each battle for the title of Ultimate Scene-Stealer.
It's Kind Of Like: A lighter, funnier "The Color Purple."
How You Can See It: "The Help" is now out on DVD.