I was happy to see Octavia Spencer take one home for the team yesterday. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'The Help'. Her acceptance speech was heart wrenching and so sincere and I celebrate with her. The thing that bothers me is that in 84 years, Octavia is only the 5th African American to win an award for Best Supporting Actress. Only 4 other Black women has graced the stage to accept that prestigious award before her:
1940 Hattie McDaniel - Gone with the Wind
1991 Whoppi Goldberg - Ghost
2006 Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls
2009 Mo'Nique - Precious
In one way there is a saving grace in seeing that the awards are coming closer together and we're not experiencing the 50 year gap there was before Whoppi Goldberg won in 1991.
I guess the question I have this week is: Is it important that we honor our own (with our own awards) or is is more beneficial to try to continue to break boundaries? Do our own awards have as much 'weight' as the Oscars? What do you think?
Video of her speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj5ao1KNBkY