'The Help's' Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer to Present at THR's Women in Entertainment Breakfast

11:27 AM PST 11/16/2011 by THR Staff
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From left: Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis

The actresses will join author Kathryn Stockett to announce The Hollywood Reporter's Mentoring Program, which pairs inner city teens with top-level executives.

LOS ANGELES, CA — Nov. 16, 2011--The Hollywood Reporter announced that The Help co-stars Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis, will join Kathryn Stockett, author of the novel The Help, in a special presentation at THR's 20th annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, presented by Lifetime, on December 7th.

The Help stars and author will be announcing The Hollywood Reporter's Mentoring Program, which pairs around 15 inner-city girls between the ages of 16-17 with top-level female executives in the entertainment industry.

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The program, created three years ago in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, has included mentors like Anne Sweeney, Sue Kroll, Nancy Josephson, Melanie Cook and Abbe Raven. This year's mentors and protégées will be announced at the awards by Spencer, Davis and Stockett.

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THR's Women in Entertainment breakfast, presented by Lifetime, recognizes the 100 most powerful women in the industry. This year, the event will honor Academy Award winning actress Jane Fonda with the 2011 Sherry Lansing Leadership Awards and will pay tribute to the late producer Laura Ziskin.

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In addition to their presentation, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis, both Oscar contenders for their performances in The Help, were the only two stars from the same movie selected to participate in THR's first awards roundtable of the season. The actresses have already won the best Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award for their roles in The Help at the 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, the first awards show of the Oscar season.

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