Octavia Spencer talks about Diablo Cody film: 'She does not disappoint'
Octavia Spencer, who recently won her first Oscar for her supporting role in "The Help," is already looking ahead to her next film, which marks Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody's directorial debut.
The comedy movie, which is still untitled, stars Julianne Hough of "Dancing With The Stars" and "Rock of Ages" fame as a conservative woman who has a crisis of faith after surviving a plane crash and moves to Las Vegas. Spencer plays a craps dealer, while British actor and comic Russell Brand portrays a bartender.
Cody, who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay of the 2007 film "Juno," is also penning the new film's script, in addition to serving as director for the first time.
"She is one of the most brilliant writers out there and let me tell you, she does not disappoint with this script, either," Spencer, 39, told OnTheRedCarpet.com after the Oscar ceremony on Sunday.
Cody also penned the script for the 2011 comedy movie "Young Adult," which stars Charlize Theron, and created the Showtime series "United States of Tara." She is also working on a movie based on the "Sweet Valley High" book series.
Spencer also talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com about her Oscar win, saying it did not feel "real" yet.
" "I don't feel worthy, so I'm thrilled," she said. "I don't remember really what happened in that moment. As long as my mom isn't embarrassed. She's smiling down on me so I'm pretty thrilled."
"Thank you Academy for putting me with the hottest guy in the room," Spencer said tearfully during her acceptance speech, looking at Christian Bale, who presented her with the award. (Check out a video of her speech.)
Spencer, who hails from Alabama, began her on-screen career more than 15 years ago, with a small role in the 1996 film "A Time to Kill." She played a nurse who takes care of Sandra Bullock's character, Ellen Roark. Spencer appeared in another movie starring Bullock - "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous," in 2005.
Spencer also had roles in movies such as "Being John Malkovich" and "Spider-Man" and played Constance Grady on the television show "Ugly Betty" before she was cast in "The Help," playing a sassy maid who works for a snobbish, racist white woman.
"I don't have one role that I want to play," Spencer told reporters backstage after her Oscar win. "I guess you know what, I want to be a producer. I want to be an activist. I want to be proactive in bringing about work for men, women, boys, girls, everybody who is good at what they do and deserve a shot at it ... I'll be the jack of all trades and hopefully decent at one of them."
This year, Spencer can also be seen in the new comedy film "Smashed" with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul and the drama movies "The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife" and "Lost on Purpose."
At the Oscars, Spencer wore a white, beaded short-sleeved Tadashi Shoji gown and rounded out her look with a silver box clutch and silver drop earrings to match. Tim Gunn of "Project Runway" and "The Revolution" fame listed her among his top five actresses who he says were best dressed at the Academy Awards.
Check out more photos from the 2012 Academy Awards - all the fashion (check out Angelina Jolie showing off some serious leg) and from the after parties (Streep embraces Octavia Spencer, Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes attend Vanity Fair bash and Katy Perry continues to rock blue hair at Elton John's gala).
Finally, watch exclusive video interviews with Oscar nominees such as George Clooney, presenters such as Sandra Bullock and special guests on the red carpet.
Additional reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, who produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).