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SAG Awards: Octavia Spencer wins for supporting female actor

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Octavia Spencer won the SAG Award for female actor in a supporting role for “The Help.”

The 39-year-old character actress also just earned her first Oscar nomination for her scene-stealing turn as the sassy Southern domestic Minny Jackson in the box office hit set in the South of the early ’60s.

Spencer already has won the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for her performance, as well as the National Board of Review honor as a member of the ensemble of the film. She’s also in contention for the BAFTA award. Spencer’s co-star Jessica Chastain was also nominated in the category for her work in the film.

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The 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out at the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles and broadcast on TNT and TBS. The Oscars will be presented on Feb. 26.

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