PARK CITY, Utah — Octavia Spencer needs no "Help" when it comes to feeling the love during this awards season.
Having already won a Golden Globe for her turn as sassy maid Minny Jackson in "The Help" on top of numerous other nominations, Spencer can add another notch to her increasingly impressive belt Tuesday (January 24) — because, to the surprise of precisely no one, the 41-year-old actress has earned a well-deserved Best Supporting Actress nod at this year's Academy Awards.
"I am never presumptuous, because these sorts of things are beyond our control and I didn't want to be set up for disappointment," Spencer said in a statement reacting to the nomination. "A lot of us actually went to dinner last night and slept over and wanted to be together when we found out, so in case we didn't get that call we wanted to be nice and hungover."
Earlier in the week, MTV News caught up with Spencer at the Sundance Film Festival, which she attended as part of the cast of the alcohol drama "Smashed." When asked for her views on her probable nomination, the always humble actress revealed that she wasn't even giving the possibility any thought.
"I've been very good about not thinking about Oscar," she told MTV's Josh Horowitz. "I know I'm going to the BAFTAs, and I know I'm going to the SAGs. It would be nice to go to the Oscars.
"That little movie was about something that resonated with people, and it became a phenomenon," she said of her experience with "The Help," adding that she hopes moviegoers will embrace her new movie "Smashed" with an equal amount of passion. "Hopefully I'll continue to get more roles like this, in extremely wonderful and very relevant films. ... It feels like I'm eating a bunch of cake right now!"
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