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The Help (2011)

Mary Steenburgen as "Elaine Stein"

In 1960s Mississippi, Southern society girl Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. Only Aibileen (Viola Davis), the housekeeper of Skeeter's best friend, will talk at first. But as the pair continue the collaboration, more women decide to come forward, and as it turns out, they have quite a lot to say.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Ragtime (1981)

Mary Steenburgen as "Mother"

A kaleidoscope of tales from E.L. Doctorow's eponymous novel evokes life in pre-World War I New York City. A white family find a black baby in their yard and takes on the mother as a maid. A black pianist, Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Howard E. Rollins Jr.), returns for his woman and child after finding success in a Harlem jazz band. Firefighters, dismayed to see a black man own a Model-T Ford, deface it, and Walker demands retribution. The white family becomes involved in Evelyn Nesbit's trial.

Golden Globe (1981) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Melvin and Howard (1980)

Mary Steenburgen as "Lynda Dummar"

When luckless dreamer Melvin Dummar (Paul Le Mat) rescues a grizzled, half-dead man (Jason Robards) from the desert, he's skeptical of the man's claim that he's actually reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. But in the wake of Hughes' death a decade later, a will appears naming Melvin the recipient of $156 million, and a media circus ensues. Accused of forgery, Melvin vigorously maintains his innocence despite a strong intuition that he'll never see any of the money.

Academy Award (1980) Won Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1980) Won Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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