Jessica Chastain bringing grandmother to the Oscars
First-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is bringing a very special date to the Acadamy Awards.
The 30-year-old starlet, who is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in "The Help," told OnTheRedCarpet.com that she will attend the star-studded event with her grandmother by her side.
"I'm really, really excited, but you know what, I think she is more excited," Chastain told OnTheRedCarpet.com's Tony Cabrera. "I'm very, very happy to share this day with her."
While celebrities bringing their mothers to award shows is a trend throughout Hollywood, having Grandma make an appearance is rare. Actor James Franco brought his grandmother to the 2011 Oscars, which he co-hosted with Anne Hathaway. Singer Katy Perry brought her 90-year-old grandmother to the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
"The Help," the movie that earned Chastain her first Oscar nomination, stars Emma Stone as an aspiring writer and college graduate who was raised partially by a black maid in the 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi. She decides to write a book from the perspective of many black domestic workers in the area, including two who are played by Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis.
Chastain plays a white woman who employs Spencer's character and treats her and the rest of "the help" as equals. Bryce Dallas Howard plays a white, snobbish woman who disrespects them.
The film is nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Chastain faces competition from "The Help" co-star Spencer, as well as nominees Berenice Bejo of "The Artist," Melissa McCarthy of "Bridesmaids" and Janet McTeer of "Albert Nobbs."
Chastain was also nominated for a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the role.
Chastain, a California native, began her on-screen career about 15 years ago, appearing on shows such as "ER," "Veronica Mars" and "Law & Order: Trial By Jury." She went on to star in the 2010 movie "The Debt" and the film "The Tree of Life," alongside Brad Pitt," which was released in 2011, the same year as "The Help."
Chastain can be seen next in the 2012 movie "Tar," which tells of the life of author C.K. Williams, played by James Franco. The movie also stars Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis.
The awards ceremony is set to air live from Los Angeles on ABC on Feb. 26, 2012. Check out the full list of nominations for the 2012 Oscars, which honor outstanding film achievements of 2011. You can also download the official Oscars app.
Check out a trailer for "The Help" below.
Reporting by Tony Cabrera, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).