Octavia Spencer Reacts to Oscar Win for Best Supporting Actress

Octavia Spencer had a mix of emotions after taking home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Academy Awards Sunday night.

Octavia Spencer cried during her acceptance speech at the 2012 Oscar Awards, but was joking with the press after the awards. Spencer also talked about how humbled she was her after win, while expressing her deep love and respect for her castmates, according to

"It's very rare that you have the type of ensemble that we had," Spencer said. "We left our egos at the door and worked as one beautiful unit."

Spencer said that she had a love affair with "The Help" and was proud to be a part of the award-winning cast. She said that the cast "dissolved into the world" that they were representing, which actors are supposed to do. Spencer said that the cast was able to express the civil rights movement, which was at the center of the film, without judging each other.

"I don't think there's anything lighthearted about the civil rights movement, but if you can have a laugh every other 10 minutes while you watch the struggle, then I have no problem with it," Spencer said.

Octavia Spencer said she was humbled to accept the award on behalf of those who lived through the civil rights struggle, according to The Los Angeles Times.

"I'm a benefactor of all of the riches that the real life Minnys, Aibileens, Constantines, Skeeters, that they basically reaped," Spencer said. "And so I am very humbled because I get to stand here and accept this award and I haven't really done anything."

Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as maid, Minny Jackson, in the civil-rights-era-drama, "The Help." Spencer also won a Golden Globe award for her role in the film.

The film is about a young white woman, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, and her relationship with two black maids during civil rights era. Skeeter later becomes a journalist and decides to write a book from the point of view of the maids (known as the "help"), which exposed the racism they were faced with as they work for white families.

"The Help" also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

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