Brent's owner Brad Reeves walks the red carpet

It was a packed house attended by hundreds at Brent’s Drugs in Fondren last night as ‘The Help’ was celebrated. The popular Fondren diner, prominently featured in the film, offered a special “Help” themed menu and the Oscar telecast on the big screen. Special guests included Ella and Emma Henry, now 5, who collectively played Mae Mobley in the Dreamworks blockbuster. Other film stars came in the form of automobiles: the very Triumph shown in front of Brent’s in the film returned to its parking spot for last night’s festivities.

Octavia Spencer took home the award for best supporting actress as a rousing response came from the Fondren crowd. In an emotional speech, she offered a lighthearted thank you to the Academy for “putting me next to the hottest guy in the room” (Jackson native Tate Taylor, who was once Spencer’s roomate).

Though the film itself was bested by ‘The Artist’ for Best Picture and best actress nom Viola Davis was beaten out by Meryl Streep, ‘The Help’ gave Mississippi the recognition it deserved as a viable film location. Mississippi Film Office Director Ward Emling was on hand for the watch party and continues to work to bring more productions like ‘The Help’ to the Magnolia State.

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