Octavia Spencer: Oscar Winner’s Backstage Interview

Octavia Spencer gave one of the most memorable speeches of this year’s Academy Awards when she accepted her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The Help star was given a standing ovation by the thousands in attendance and the response clearly moved her to tears. Immediately following her acceptance speech, the actress headed backstage and spoke to the press about her big night. To say she is as modest as she is excited is a gross understatement.

Octavia Spencer with her Oscar
“I want to say fan-effing-tastic. It is humbling,” she proudly stated of how she’s feeling. Spencer was quick to thank the people behind The Help, especially those real life individuals who inspired the onscreen characters. “This love affair I’ve had with The Help — I am a benefactor of all of the riches that the real life Minnys, Aibileens, Constantines, Skeeters and Celias, that they basically repeated. I’m very humble because I get to stand here and accept this award and I haven’t really done anything.”

Spencer then delved deeper into how her castmates helped her not only hone her performance, but create an environment that was rich with inspiration. “It’s very rare that you have the type of ensemble that we had. You don’t get all the Academy Award nominees/winners and Cecily Tyson, Mary Steenburgen, Sissy Spacek and Viola Davis coming together to do a project,” she said. “Then you have the collaboration of Academy Award nominees behind the scenes. We just left our egos at the door and worked together as one beautiful unit from Emma, Viola, Bryce, Allison Janney. I mean, it was an award-winning cast. To be a part of that and to just sort of dissolve into the world that we were representing is something that we’re supposed to do as actors, but it was rare that we did it without judgment with each other.”

In her speech, the newly-minted Oscar winner thanked Steven Spielberg. Backstage, she further explained why. “Steven Spielberg is a luminary. And as far as I can remember in filmmaking he, in every decade of my life, has been creating brilliance. He has this little studio called DreamWorks that could have put any zaftig actress with acting chops in my role, but he allowed my dear friend, Tate Taylor, to cast me pretty much unknown,” Spencer said. “That’s the sign of a true filmmaker to allow a true filmmaker to do what he does. So he changed my professional life, and getting the opportunity to play this role changed life personally as well.”

Most Oscar winners have doors fly open for them after a victory. Spencer is no different, but she is — as she always was prior to winning — willing to just play parts, even in the background. She also wants to go behind the camera to provide opportunities to actors and actresses like the ones she has had. “I want to be an activist. I want to be proactive in bringing about work for men, women, boys, girls, everybody who is good at what they do and deserve a shot at it,” Spencer said. “I think my role post-Oscar is I want to have a presence both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. I’ll be the jack of all trades and hopefully decent at one of them.”

GI Joe: Retaliation Trailer: Seven Nation Army Teaser

Where the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Super Bowl trailer took its inspiration from Jay-Z, it appears the latest teaser is driven by the White Stripes. The distorted music that begins about halfway through the 30-second spot is clearly Seven Nation Army. Movie Fanatic has always thought that track would be perfect in an action film. Guess someone listened!

The film arrives June 29 and features Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis, plus Channing Tatum reprising his role from the first film.

The Hunger Games Photo: Donald Sutherland’s President Snow

After we featured an army of new stills from The Hunger Games last week, a new one has arrived today. The shot is of Donald Sutherland, who could not have been more perfectly cast as President Snow.

Donald Sutherland in The Hunger Games
The film arrives March 23 and Movie Fanatic is seeing it this weekend and will be talking to the entire cast March 3. Stay with us as we bring you inside the most anticipated movie of the spring.

Titanic 3D: Fans Get Sneak Peek April 3

Not only do Titanic fanatics have a chance to witness the marvel of the movie on the big screen in 3D with the early April 3 screening, but they will also walk away with a limited edition movie pack. The one-night-only screenings will take place at RealD 3D theaters at 6:30 p.m.

Titanic 3D Star Leonardo DiCapril
Those who are thrilled about the swag can expect this from their Titanic 3D movie pack:

â??     One ticket to the movie sneak preview
â??     A collectors edition pair of Titanic RealD 3D glasses
â??     A limited-edition Titanic movie art lithograph

The prize packs contain a caveat, the proverbial “while supplies last.” So, get there early if you want to check out the film and get the goods.

While you’re in the Titanic mood, check out the latest Titanic 3D trailer. The film arrives nationally April 10. It currently sits at number two on the all-time box office movie list. Will the re-release bump it up past Avatar?

Christopher Plummer: Backstage Oscar Interview

As Christopher Plummer walked up to the Kodak Theatre stage to accept his Best Supporting Actor Oscar, the announcer hailed him as the oldest Academy Award winner in history. Not so, said the star of Beginners while talking to the movie press. “I don’t believe that for a second,” Plummer said. “I think that Charlie Chaplin, even though it was an honorary Oscar, wasn’t he 83? I mean, an honorary Oscar after all is an Oscar, we hope. But it feels pretty good anyway.”

Christopher Plummer Wins Oscar
Plummer has been nominated two times prior, and although the win is nice, the actor claims it is not going to define him — not a surprising sentiment given the actor’s incredibly esteemed career. “It is a le creme on top, and it’s lovely to be accepted,” Plummer said. “Beyond the pleasure of working in front of a live audience, particularly, it’s a general acceptance of your work. It’s thrilling, and I don’t pretend not to pooh-pooh awards, although there’s so many of them, I can’t keep up. I mean, they’re inventing a new one every day!”

When Plummer accepted his award onstage, he thanked his wife for “saving me every day.” Backstage, he further explained that, and his thoughts may surprise the millions who know him as the straight-laced Captain von Trapp. “I’m a naughty boy. I’ve been bad all my life, and she always puts me in line. I think it’s great what she’s done,” Plummer said. “It’s extraordinary.”

Although he has inspired many in his career, the Oscar win for Beginners should shine a light on his career for a new generation of actors. When it comes to those who inspired him, knowing the actor is Canadian, his answer should not be too surprising. “In the French cinema we had when I grew up, I saw a lot of French films, because I lived in Quebec. From France, there were great actors like Pierre Brasseur, Lewis Gilbert and people who are just extraordinary stage actors,” Plummer recalled. “The great classical actors inspired me when I was quite young. Then, later, the new school of Marlon Brando. I lived through all of those various changes, and they all made their mark upon me.” 

Now that he has an Oscar in hand, is Plummer slowing down at the age of 82? Hardly. “This is sort of a renewal. It’s not a beginning exactly, but it has recharged me and I hope I can do it for another ten years at least,” Plummer said. “I’m going to drop dead wherever I am, on stage or on the set. We don’t retire in our profession, thank God.”