Help, The (film) Three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbably alliance, a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. A Touchstone/DreamWorks film. Directed by Tate Taylor. Released on August 10, 2011. Stars Emma Stone (Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan), Viola Davis (Aibileen Clark), Bryce Dallas Howard (Hilly Holbrook), Octavia Spencer (Minny Jackson), Jessica Chastain (Celia Foote), Ahna O’Reilly (Elizabeth Leefolt), Allison Janney (Charlotte Phelan), Anna Camp (Jolene French), Chris Lowell (Stuart Whitworth), Cicely Tyson (Constantine Jefferson), Mike Vogel (Johnny Foote), Sissy Spacek (Missus Walters), Mary Steenburgen (Elaine Stein). 146 min. Octavia Spencer won the Oscar for Supporting Actress in 2012 for her performance.