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(2011)

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Kathryn Stockett's book on which this film is based was rejected 60 times before it was eventually published.
Although it's never mentioned in the movie how Eugenia got the nickname "Skeeter," it's revealed in the book that when she was born, her thin, leggy appearance caused her older brother to remark that she looked like a "skeeter" (mosquito).
Director Tate Taylor and the author of the book, Kathryn Stockett, were childhood friends in Jackson, Mississippi.
Jessica Chastain, a vegan, ate soy ice cream melted in the microwave to gain weight for the role of Celia Foote.
Minny was played by Octavia Spencer, who also provided narration for the audiobook adaptation.
Katy Perry was almost cast as Celia Foote but had to turn the role down due to scheduling conflicts with the release of her album "Teenage Dream."
The author of The Help, Kathryn Stockett, makes a brief appearance in this film as one of the ladies sitting in Hilly Holbrooks meeting at roughly 53 mins through.
Skeeter's bookshelf contains the following books: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. All three of these books are discussed many times in the original novel.
Hilly's house is actually a residential property and the featured cream couch was already part of it.
The painting above Celia's fireplace was found in the basement of a hospital, while the two armchairs from that scene were found in a second-hand store.
Minny Jackson is played by Octavia Spencer. In the novel, Minny's sister is called Octavia.
When Skeeter is writing at her desk, one of the books on her shelf is Richard Wright's novel "Native Son." Towards the beginning of the movie, Skeeter's naiveté is exhibited through her well-intended but potentially harmful acts of kindness towards and interactions with black people in her community. This is very reminiscent of Mary Dalton's treatment towards Bigger Thomas in Wright's novel.
Allison Janney watched Eyes on the Prize (1987) to prepare for her role.
Viola Davis appeared in two movies that were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012. Davis starred in both this movie and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011). Jessica Chastain also appeared in two movies that were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012. Chastain also starred in both this movie and The Tree of Life (2011).
The book store in the film, Avent & Clark Booksellers, was named after Avent Clark, a production assistant on the film from Greenwood, MS.
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen and Sissy Spacek; and four Oscar nominees: Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Cicely Tyson and Emma Stone.
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Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Emma Stone have all been in Spider-Man movies. Spencer played the Check-In Girl in Spider-Man (2002) while Howard and Stone both played Gwen Stacey in Spider-Man 3 (2007) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Allison Janney and Brian Kerwin are married in this film. In The West Wing (1999) Janney's character dated a park ranger played by Kerwin.
There are 2 cast members from "True Blood". Nelsan Ellis "Lafayette" and Anna Camp "Sarah Newlin".
Melissa Molinaro auditioned for the role of Celia Foote.
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Award nominations: Hublot d'Or de la meilleure adaptation (Tate Taylor), Prix du Jeune Public de la Meilleure Adaptation (Tate Taylor) et Coup de Coeur du Hury de la Meilleure Adaptation (Tate Taylor)au Festival de la Page à l'Image, France)
Both Emma Stone & Bryce Dallas Howard have played the character of Gwen Stacey in two different Spider-Man franchises. Emma Stone played the character in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) & The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), while BDH played Gwen first in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 (2007)
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Award: Prix Lumière sur... Kinépolis 2011 (Tate Taylor).
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French visa # 131176.
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