Octavia Spencer was named best supporting actress at the 69th annual Golden Globes awards on Sunday for playing Minny Jackson in the civil rights era dram "The Help."
"With regards to domestics in this country--now and then--Dr. King said it best: 'All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance,' and I thank you for recognizing that with our film," Spencer said during her acceptance speech.
Although the "Help" characters are fictional "they represent scores of real people," Spencer said backstage.
A few people in the audience gave Spencer a standing ovation as she walked to the stage, including Queen Latifah, Viola Davis, Chris Tucker, Samuel Jackson, Nicole Kidman, and Maya Rudolph.
Photo: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)