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'The Help' wins big at SAG Awards

  |   Jan. 29, 2012 at 10:17 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The cast of the civil rights-era drama "The Help" won the Best Ensemble title at Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards show in Los Angeles.

Two of its stars -- Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis -- also were singled out for individual prizes for their excellent performances in the movie.

"I was 8 years old when I decided to be an actor and I am just so privileged to be gazing on the beautiful face of the woman who inspired me that beautiful day, and that's Cicely Tyson," Davis said as she collected her SAG Award for Best Actress. "When I woke up and realized how difficult it was to be an actor and the rejection was so high, another beautiful face graced the screen when I was in college and that was Meryl [Streep] and she always inspires me. ... I am so proud to be an actor."

Spencer picked up her Best Supporting Actress trophy earlier in the evening, while French comedian Jean Dujardian went home with the Best Actor statuette for his work in the black-and-white ode to Hollywood's silent film era "The Artist."

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