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Posted at 09:53 PM ET, 02/26/2012

Octavia Spencer wins Oscar for supporting actress (Video)

Octavia Spencer accepts the Best Supporting Actress Award for 'The Help.’ (Kevin Winter - GETTY IMAGES)
As expected, Octavia Spencer won the supporting actress Oscar for her role as maid Minny Jackson in “The Help.”

The clearly emotional actress was met with a standing ovation from the audience. Spencer first thanked the Academy for having Christian Bale — “the hottest guy in the room” — introduce her.

She also thanked her family in Alabama and in L.A., as well as Tate Taylor, her friend and the film’s director, and “Help” author Kathryn Stockett.

Choking back tears, Spencer was cut off before she was able to finish her speech: “I’m wrapping up. I’m sorry. I am freaking out. Thank you world.”

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