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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.
Director Tate Taylor and the author of the book, Kathryn Stockett, were childhood friends in Jackson, Mississippi.
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).
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."
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.
Costars Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard have both played Gwen Stacy in a Spider-Man movie.
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.
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.
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).
Allison Janney watched Eyes on the Prize (1987) to prepare for her role.
The book store in the film, Avent & Clark Booksellers, was named after Avent Clark, a production assistant on the film from Greenwood, MS.
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.
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)
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Melissa Molinaro auditioned for the role of Celia Foote.
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Award: Prix Lumière sur... Kinépolis 2011 (Tate Taylor).
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French visa # 131176.
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