The Lexingtonienne



This morning, my dear friend Octavia Spencer was NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD. Holy moly! And just a couple of weeks ago, she took home the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Minny in The Help.

If I may brag for a moment, I met Octavia through Uncle Josh when I was 17 years old. Full disclosure: I’m 31 now. She is one of the loveliest, brightest, most “salt-of-the-earth” people you could ever meet. She has sat at our table for many Thanksgiving dinners and other family gatherings, and being in her presence is like watching that video of the baby panda getting startled by a sneeze. She is DELIGHTFUL, y’all.

As some of you may remember (“some of you” referring in particular to Haley and Branch), The Lexingtonienne nabbed an *exclusive* interview with Octavia in July of 2010, just before filming of The Help began. CHECK IT OUT AGAIN RIGHT HERE!

This interview is really fun for me to look back on for two reasons. First, Octavia said she hoped it would “clean up” at the box office. The Help spent 3 weeks at number 1, and made over $205M worldwide. I’d call that “cleaning up.” The second thing that really tickles me is a question and answer I didn’t publish here on The Lexingtonienne. Here it is:

Q: Can I be your Oscar date when you get nominated? 😉 {I KNEW IT!!!!}

A: {no response}

I’m pretty sure that’s a YES. (In all seriousness, Uncle Josh is accompanying Octavia to the Screen Actors Guild Awards this Sunday… so look for them on the red carpet!)

CONGRATULATIONS, ROCK! You deserve every good thing.

Coming up soon: a wintry bean soup, a fabulous Brussels sprout salad, and possibly even more photos of this little person:

EBD 13 months

Get your fancy Oscar gowns out,


  • Comment by Amy — January 25, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    She is so fantastic in The Help. Totally going to win. I went back and read your original interview and loved it. Maybe you can interview Uncle Josh about the return of Cougar Town? I am very excited about that too.

  • Comment by Branch — January 25, 2012 @ 5:13 am

    Hannah, That was so fun to read again, especially after seeing the movie several times. I’m rooting for Octavia and her stellar portrayal of Minny! Thanks for reposting. I love your blog. 🙂

  • Comment by Judy — January 25, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    Go Octavia go! The movie definitely did the book justice with the help of such an amazing cast. Love it. Love it.

  • Comment by Bonnie — January 25, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    I love seeing pics of Eleanora, and of course your food. I can’t imagine brussels sprout salad.

  • Comment by Megan — January 26, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    Hi Hannah, I’m Jill’s friend Megan – love this post! I love Octavia and thought she was so amazing in “The Help.” I’m so excited that she won the Golden Globe and I think she will win the Oscar too! I gave her a shout out on my blog here:

  • Comment by Hannilou — January 28, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    Great blog, Megan!

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