As if we needed another reason to absolutely LOVE her, Octavia Spencer has spoken up about diversity in film, and what she said is so important.
It’s come as no surprise that Octavia Spencer has been nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Hidden Figures, the film about three African American women who helped NASA develop the space program. Spencer has since been being an incredible human by buying out screenings of the movie for low-income families (amazing), giving people a chance to see this important untold story of three amazing real women in history.
What’s more, the star, who previously won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help in 2012, has been speaking out about why it’s important to tell diverse stories in films, and how they are actually universal stories about life.
Now Octavia Spencer spoken about her dreams for the entertainment industry, and we 100% agree.
Speaking during a Q&A session on Thursday (January 26th) after accepting the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Award at Harvard University, Spencer said that she actually preferred to be on the other side of the camera.
Continuing, Spencer said that she felt some level of responsibility to help spread this diversity.
Octavia Spencer also said that her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress was “sweeter the second time around,” but that she felt that Viola Davis would win. Davis recently made history as the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award three times after she was recently nominated for her role in Fences.
Watch the Q&A below (video begins at the seven-minute mark).
It’s so refreshing to see actors like Octavia Spencer being celebrated, and it’s incredible to see how they’re inspiring people through their work. What’s more, we 100% agree with everything she’s saying about more diversity in movies. Hopefully, as this year’s Oscar’s indicate, we’re going to see a shift in representation as things go forward!