Academy Award winner, Octavia Spencer, was honored by her home state of Alabama.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared Wednesday “Octavia Spencer Day,” reports the Huffington Post.
The Academy Award winning actress was honored by her home state and received the red carpet treatment. She arrived at the Statehouse in a pink limousine and was greeted by the band from her alma mater, Jefferson Davis High School.
She thanked Representative Terri Collins for sponsoring a now approved bill that raises incentives for those who make movies in Alabama. Spencer promised to do everything possible to get more films made in the southern state.
There was a recurring joke throughout Spencer’s day at the Statehouse — pie! “Don’t hand me a piece of pie,” said Senate President pro tem Del Marsh, to the Black Women in Hollywood honoree.
Later that day, the actress was honored with a glitzy reception at a Montgomery hotel where she received a key to the city from Mayor Todd Strange. He encouraged her to return home more often and said, “But please leave your pies at home. Don’t bring no pies.”
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