It needed a video. It needed this scene from Doubt where Viola Davis gives the performance of the century so far and makes Meryl Streep look like an amateur. I can’t watch this scene without tearing up every single time because Viola takes acting to a place where Kristen Stewart can only pray to catch a corner of one day.
The fact that any woman can do THAT and still have to beg for scenes in a movie “opposite so-and-so” after two Oscar nominations is all you need to know about what it’s like to be Black in Hollywood.
The Help (August 12) Emma Stone, Mike Vogel, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Allison Janney.
Wikipedia: Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) is an African-American maid who has often talked back to her employers, leading to being fired multiple times and causing her to have difficulty finding work; Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating from the University of Mississippi to find that her beloved childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around “the help”; yet despite the intimate quarters in which whites and blacks live, there is always a certain distance between them because of racial lines.
I love Emma Stone (she’s going to be a huge star) and Viola Davis is amazing (and totally robbed of that Oscar for Doubt). I’ve never read (or heard of) the book upon which the film is based, but I”ve just learned that it was a surprise sleeper hit of last year around the world. The movie looks really well done with just the right amount of humor, but I’m always a little apprehensive about watching movies about race relations set in previous time periods.
And I definitely learned my lesson about seeing those movies with white people. When Amistad came out, I was dating this white dude and we didn’t speak the entire movie. Afterwards, I pretty much wanted to punch every caucasian I saw, but at least he had the good sense to say “so…I’ll call you in a few days, okay?” Apparently there was animosity and hate bouncing all up offame.
So holler if you are a colored person (or brave white soul) who wants to go see this with me.