*After “The Help” star Octavia Spencer accepted her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, she was whisked off to do a multitude of interviews backstage.
By the time she hit the official press room, the woman was exhausted to the point of requesting that the Q&A be brief.
When asked about her thoughts on the lack of diversity in the motion picture academy, which is largely white and male, the actress lost a tad bit of patience.
“I don’t have any thoughts about it; it’s not something I’ve thought about. I wish I could be more eloquent — elegant in answering that question,” she said. “I can’t tell the Academy what to do, honey. They just gave me an Oscar.”
Later, in the midst of another question, she appeared to regret the tone of her answer.
“I didn’t mean to cut you off, ma’am,” she said to the reporter who asked the diversity question. “I just knew where you were going, and I didn’t want to get on that bus.”
Spencer was also asked about her experience working on “The Help.”
“It’s rare that you have the type of ensemble that we had,” she said. “We left our egos at the door and worked as one beautiful unit.”
But at the end of the day, Spencer said that she felt she was accepting the Oscar on the part of those who lived through the civil rights struggle.
“I’m a benefactor of all of the riches that the real-life Minnys, Aibileens and Celias basically reaped,” said Spencer. “I’m very humble because I get to stand here and accept this award, and I haven’t really done anything.”
Listen to her entire press room interview below.