'The Help' and Its Stars Up for Oscars

Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis are among this year's nominees. 

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Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its nominations for this year's Academy Awards. It's no surprise that the blockbuster film The Help is up for best picture. Of the nominees in that category, it has been seen by the most American moviegoers, the Los Angeles Times reports. The film has brought in $169.6 million in ticket sales -- more than double the domestic gross of any of the other eight films nominated in the category.

Viola Davis was nominated for best actress for her portrayal of maid Aibileen Cooper in the film. If she wins, she'll be the second African-American woman in history (after Halle Berry in 2002) to take home the award. Octavia Spencer is in the running for best supporting actress for her part -- Minnie Jackson, the baker of the unforgettable "revenge pie." 

Check out the full list of nominees here.

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