*Dreamworks’ awards contender “The Help” hosted a holiday cocktail party Wednesday night at Soho House in West Hollywood, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film had plenty to celebrate, considering the box office and awards haul it has collected so far. That includes five Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture Drama, four SAG award nominations including Outstanding Cast, eight Critics Choice Nominations including Best Picture, a spot on the AFI’s 10 Best List, and numerous acting awards from critics groups.
Among those at the packed party last night were stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain and Mary Steenburgen along with producers Chris Columbus and Brunson Green. The industry crowd included producers Larry Mark, Donald DeLine, Brian Oliver and other Academy members and press.
Davis told The Hollywood Reporter she is trying not to become too overwhelmed by all the awards attention.
“I look at it as a big tidal wave. It is either going to completely roll over and consume me or I am going to ride it,” she said. Despite all the recognition (she won a Tony last year for Fences and has been previously Oscar-nominated for “Doubt”) she maintains that she does not believe in competition between actors. But don’t expect her to turn into George C. Scott and refuse an Oscar nomination if she gets one. She said she is trying to take everything one day at a time even though she is already up against her “Doubt” co-star Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” for the Globes, SAG and Critics Choice Awards, and both look likely to take this contest all the way to the Oscars.
Co-star Octavia Spencer said the whole experience of the awards run so far has been amazing. She’s savoring every moment and with Globe, CCMA and SAG nominations she probably is heading for the Oscars too. She’s never been through this process but is watching with wide-eyed abandon. She’s going home to Alabama for the holidays before launching the next round of the season. “As long as I am single that’s where I need to go,” she laughed.