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Oscars 2012: How ‘The Help’ Got To The Academy Awards

Movie’s success proves that powerful audience support can buck Oscar stereotypes.
By Kevin P. Sullivan






Emma Stone in “The Help”


Photo: DreamWorks

Of the nine films nominated for Best Picture at this Sunday’s Academy Awards, the only two that came out before the fall movie season, where Oscar bait runs rampant, are probably the most unlikely nominees.

The inclusion of “The Tree of Life” on the short list, despite its loose structure, makes sense because of the prestige of its director, Terrence Malick. “The Help,” on the other hand, found Oscar success with an untested director and a racially charged subject matter.

Before “The Help” was a nominated film, it was a best-selling novel by writer Kathryn Stockett. While looking to sell the novel, Stockett queried 60 agents, all of whom rejected her request for representation. When the novel finally did find a home with an agent and eventually a publisher, it became a best-seller soon afterward.

But the before the novel found a wide audience, Stockett’s childhood friend and former roommate Tate Taylor agreed with the author to pen the screen adaptation and direct the eventual film. Despite pressure from DreamWorks, Stockett insisted that Taylor direct the film of her book.

The connection between Stockett and Taylor was not the only one on set. Taylor and Best Supporting Actress nominee Octavia Spencer met while working as production assistants on “A Time to Kill.”

As with all high-profile novel adaptations, “The Help” had a built-in audience going into its August release, but it wasn’t until strong reviews and an A+ CinemaScore that people began to realize the potential for Oscar nominations.

Two of the film’s actresses, Spencer and Best Actress nominee Viola Davis, received the earliest and most unanimous accolades after the film’s release and rode that praise to Oscar nominations. They were both favorites in their respective categories, and as we head into Oscar night, they remain so.

The story of the movie’s road to the Oscars demonstrates that the power of the audience can buck old Oscar stereotypes and push a loved film to the forefront of the competition. “The Help” won audiences over and in doing so, secured a big night at the Academy Awards.

The MTV Movies team has the 2012 Oscars covered! Stick with us for everything you need to know leading up to the awards show, and head to Next Movie for a printable Oscar ballot. On Sunday, tune into MTV.com at 5 p.m. ET for our two-and-a-half-hour red-carpet live stream and updates on the night’s big winners. To join the live conversation, tweet @MTVNews with the hashtag #Oscars.

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Oscars 2012: All-Time Most Controversial Winners

From ‘Shakespeare in Love’ to ‘Crash,’ a look back at the Academy Awards’ most memorable upsets.
By Kevin P. Sullivan






Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes in “Shakespeare in Love”


Photo: Miramax

Not every Academy Awards winner is met with praise and cinematic glory. Some past winners have come as surprises and even major disappointments to the audience, and among these, a handful will go down in history as outright injustices.

Though a surprise victory on Oscar night can be thrilling, it can also deeply upset the viewers at home who’ve picked their favorites. As we gear up for the 2012 Oscars, here’s a look back at some of the most controversial wins in Academy Awards history.

“How Green Was My Valley” Upsets “Citizen Kane” (Best Picture)
Even though “Citizen Kane” has been touted as the greatest American movie of all time by the American Film Institute, back in 1942, it couldn’t even win the Academy Award as the year’s Best Picture. John Ford’s tale of a family struggling to make ends meet in a Welsh mining town beat Orson Welles’ masterpiece to take the honors and become the foremost example of Oscar injustice.

“Ordinary People” Upsets “Raging Bull” (Best Picture)
It upsets people when the film they feel is the best of year doesn’t win the top prize on Oscar night, but when the supposed film of the decade doesn’t win in its respective year, that’s a thing of controversy. Martin Scorsese’s gem about troubled boxer Jake LaMotta earned Robert De Niro an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1981, but Robert Redford’s family drama took the top honor. “Ordinary People” has since gone down in history as the film that stole the Oscar from the best movie of the 1980s.

Marisa Tomei Wins for “My Cousin Vinny” (Best Supporting Actress)
One of the most famous Oscar controversies in recent years came at the 1993 ceremony, when Jack Palance presented the award for Best Supporting Actress to Marisa Tomei. Many theorized Palance had misread the card, mistakenly giving the Oscar to Tomei. In the years since, the actress has gone on to earn two additional Academy Awards nominations.

“Shakespeare in Love” Upsets “Saving Private Ryan” (Best Picture)
The film that ushered in the era of Miramax domination in the awards scene, “Shakespeare in Love,” stole away Oscar glory from the one pegged as the odds-on favorite. Steven Spielberg’s sprawling World War II epic was heavily favored heading into the 1999 Academy Awards, and even though Spielberg took home the award for directing, many still hold onto the disappointment from the top category.

“Crash” Upsets “Brokeback Mountain” (Best Picture)
One of the best examples of the power of Best Picture backlash, the 2006 Academy Awards saw the tides turn away from Ang Lee’s tragic love story “Brokeback Mountain” and toward Paul Haggis’ “Crash” in the weeks leading up to the ceremony. If you need to better understand the shock that occurred, go back and watch Jack Nicholson announce “Crash” as the winner, throw his hands up and say, “Wow.”

The MTV Movies team has the 2012 Oscars covered! Stick with us for everything you need to know leading up to the awards show, and on Sunday, February 26, tune into MTV.com at 5 p.m. ET for our two-and-a-half-hour red-carpet live stream and updates on the night’s big winners. To join the live conversation, tweet @MTVNews with the hashtag #Oscars.

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Oscars 2012: Last Year’s Awards-Night Headlines

Billy Crystal’s return as host foreshadowed at 2011 Academy Awards.
By Kevin P. Sullivan






Billy Crystal at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards


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It certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but it was a year ago that “The King’s Speech” won top honors at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

As we head into the 2012 Oscars on Sunday, it’s an appropriate time to look back on last year’s winners that surprised, moments that shocked and snubs we’re still not quite over yet.

Anne and James
In an attempt to appeal to a younger demographic, the Academy enlisted the help of Anne Hathaway and James Franco and “youth-oriented” segments including an Auto-Tuning of some of the year’s biggest movies. The result was a confusing three hours of underwhelming laughs and jokes that fell mostly flat. Afterward, blame flew both ways, but it seems unlikely that either will host again.

Kirk Douglas, Show Stealer
Leave it to a 94-year-old to show all the kids how it’s done. With more energy than the two hosts combined, Douglas won over the audiences in the Kodak Theatre and at home, overtly hitting on Hathaway and making sweeping generalizations about Australians and Brits.

The King’s Night
Despite hanging in second behind “The Social Network” for most of the awards-season love leading up to the Oscars, “The King’s Speech” came from behind to win three of the top categories: Best Picture, Actor and Director. Colin Firth locked up his award months in advance by sweeping the earlier ceremonies, but the race for picture and director came down to Oscar night, ending with Tom Hooper’s controversial win over David Fincher.

The Dark Knight Rises
His victory for Best Supporting Actor might not have come as a surprise, but Christian Bale’s tough-guy image was nowhere to be found. The actor sincerely thanked his wife and daughter after accepting the prize for “The Fighter.” Not only was he happy, but he even made fun of himself and his previous bouts with bad language.

Billy Crystal’s Standing Ovation
In the evening’s most-apparent act of foreshadowing, Billy Crystal took the stage to honor former Oscar host Bob Hope, and the audience welcomed him with a standing ovation. It wasn’t long after that talk of bringing Crystal back to host started, setting up the Oscar night we’re now anticipating.

The MTV Movies team has the 2012 Oscars covered! Stick with us for everything you need to know leading up to the awards show, and on Sunday, February 26, tune into MTV.com at 5 p.m. ET for our two-and-a-half-hour red-carpet live stream and updates on the night’s big winners. To join the live conversation, tweet @MTVNews with the hashtag #Oscars.

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