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).
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.
The film takes place in Jackson, Mississippi in 1963. This is when and where Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers was assassinated. Real life national news headlines of the assassination are used in the film at about an hour and 20 minutes into the film.
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).
The Help features the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Oscar winners of 1980: Sissy Spacek won Best Actress for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) and Mary Steenburgen won Best Supporting Actress for Melvin and Howard.
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)
Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek appears in The Help (2011) and in JFK (1991). Both films are based in the 60's during the time when president JFK was murdered. Both films were critically acclaimed and both nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Spacek won the Oscar for Best Leading Actress in 1981 for her role in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980).