BARRY NORMAN:FILM OF THE DAY The Help★★★ 9.00-11.20pm BBC4
For this film two black performers were nominated for Oscars, Viola Davis for best actress and Octavia Spencer, who won best supporting actress. Those were the days – unlike this year when Oscar ignored all black performers. Set in Mississippi in the 1960s, it concerns a young white journalist, Emma Stone, who interviews two black maids, Davis and Spencer, to write a book exposing the racism they and others faced from white employers. And when “the help” agrees to take part, she discovers that racism is indeed rife in the community. A powerful, touching film very well played throughout, with a strong supporting cast including Sissy Spacek, Cecily Tyson and especially Jessica Chastain, who was also Oscar-nominated as best supporting actress.
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