Last night was a strong night for the South at the Oscars, with two major wins from Southerners.
First, Octavia Spencer, Alabama native and Auburn graduate took home the "Best Supporting Actress" for her role in "The Help." During her moving acceptance speech she thanked her family, colleagues from "The Help" and her home state of Alabama. We are so proud! (The photo at the left is from her Golden Globe win, People.)
"The Help" was written by Mississippi native Kathryn Stockett, MS. (Kathryn sat down to talk with us recently in this interview.)
Also winning big last night was William Joyce, who took home the Oscar for "Best Short Film, Animated," for "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore." Joyce, a native of Shreveport, LA, is an author, illustrator and digital animator. His production company, Moonboot Studios, is based in Shreveport.
(Here's our interview with him in which he dishes on his favorite Shreveport haunts.)
Our hats also go off to the "The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement," which was nominated for best documentary short. (Al.com story.)
Congratulations to all the Southern winners and nominees — you make us proud!