Kathryn Stockett’s The Help was one of the biggest sleeper hits of ’09—I saw that yellow and purple cover everywhere, from the nail salon to the subway. With a fan base that devoted, the film adaptation certainly had its work cut out for it, but thankfully it totally took on the challenge and succeeded. The 2011 ensemble drama wrangled up a super talented group of actresses to carry out Stockett’s story, including Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer, who won a much-deserved Academy Award for her role as sassy Minny Jackson. These lovely ladies definitely did the book proud!
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