The road to the Academy Awards is beginning to pick up speed for the cast of “The Help.” The Screen Actors Guild released its nominations today and “The Help” received the most nominations this year — earning a total of four.

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer have been racking up nominations and awards ever since the film hit the big screen in August — so it’s no coincidence that Davis is nominated for Best Actress, while Spencer is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Plus, their co-star Jessica Chastain, who played Celia Foote — the film’s lighthearted southern belle — is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
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To make it a solid four nominations, the actors are nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture!

The 18th Annual SAG awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 29th at 8 p.m., according to a press release.

Perhaps what makes these nominations so special is that the actors are nominated by their peers, unlike the Emmys, the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

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Just yesterday it was announced that both Davis and Spencer will be honored with awards from the African-American Film Critics Association. And last week it was reported that Davis will be named Outstanding Performer of the Year at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on January 27th.

These ladies better make room on their mantles, especially since awards season is just heating up.

Congratulations to Davis and Spencer on their achievements!