When Octavia Spencer went to accept her Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for "The Help," on January 15, audience saw a teary-eyed Melissa McCarthy cheer on her longtime friend.
Now McCarthy and Spencer are both up for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for their roles in "Bridesmaids" and "The Help" respectively and Spencer dished to us about what it means for her.
"To me, we've already won," Spencer told George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company on Tuesday. "We've been doing this for 15, 16 years and our nominations came today. So that's a win in it of itself. If we get beyond that, that's just icing on the cake."
Check out the full list of 2012 Oscar nominations here.
Spencer also spoke candidly about her friendship with McCarthy.
"First of all, I think she's one of the funniest people on the planet and we basically have had very similar roads," she said. "I think she's gifted and we've been there for each other."
"The Help" 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 Spencer and Viola Davis.
Spencer, an Alabama native, previously starred in films such as "Being John Malkovich" and the 2002 film "Spider-Man."She has also had parts on shows such as "Ugly Betty." She can be seen next in the 2012 movie "Smashed," which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul.
On her Oscar nomination, Spencer said, "I never allow myself to think it [being nominated] because then you get a head of yourself and it's beyond your control and now that we're here, I'm thrilled."
"We worked really hard to get here so it isn't anything that I thought was long overdue," she added. "I think it's happening at the right time, not only for myself but for Melissa [McCarthy], for Jessica Chastain, for all of us."
The 84th annual Academy Awards are set to air live on ABC on Feb. 26, 2012. Check out a trailer for "The Help" below.
UPDATE on Sunday, February 26: Octavia Spencer has won the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in "The Help." Check out details here.