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  • Viola Davis

    Born on August 11, 1965 in Saint Matthews, South Carolina

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The Help (2011)

Viola Davis as "Aibileen"

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.

Academy Award (2011) Nominated Best Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011) Nominated Leading Actor
Golden Globe (2011) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011) Won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

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