This week, one of the surprise contenders of the Oscar race, “The Help,” hit DVD and Blu-ray following a blockbuster theatrical run where it grossed over $150 million domestically.
In honor of the DreamWorks film, two of its stars, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, headlined an intimate and very posh lunch at Desmond’s on the Upper East Side on Friday, Dec. 2 hosted by The Peggy Siegel Company.
The two did the rounds, as stars do during awards season, gamely bantering with each table in the room. As desert was passed around, the ladies were forced to give an impromptu speech from the front of the room. Davis gladly rose to the challenge.
“This movie really was a labor of love,” she said. “We were all in Greenwood, Mississippi, in the dead of Summer, 108 degrees, 100 percent humidity, and we all wanted to make it work. There were so many expectations placed on us. Expectations from the African-American community, expectations from the people who read the book and really wanted to keep the integrity of the characters, expectations from people who lived this live. And then our expectations.
“And then what we ultimately saw was something that made us so proud. It’s something unlike anything that’s out there…just in the hues of the people –.”
“And the size!” Spencer shot back.
“The Help” wasn’t the only film celebrated this week. Below, find photos from other events posted on iPOP this week.