Octavia Spencer receives Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Help”
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 27 February, 2012: Abu Dhabi reached the pinnacle of motion picture recognition yesterday, winning its first ever Oscar for “The Help” at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The Award was given to Octavia Spencer for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal as Minny Jackson, a headstrong and outspoken African-American maid in Mississippi at the dawn of the Civil Rights era.
Image Nation co-produced the film with Participant Media. Image Nation’s Chairman Mohammed Al Mubarak said, “We are extremely proud for Abu Dhabi to be associated with such a successful and recognized film. I want to extend our heartiest congratulations to Octavia and all involved. In 2011, we were happy to have the film’s producer Brunson Green in Abu Dhabi to meet with aspiring filmmakers and we expect him to return in the near future to share his experience in the film industry. Brunson is a perfect example of how our international partnerships provide guidance and support to aspiring filmmakers from the U.A.E.”
Image Nation CEO Michael Garin said, “Current Oscar not withstanding our commitment to Abu Dhabi and building the foundations of a motion picture industry remain the focus for Image Nation. We hope that one day one of our Emirati filmmakers could be on stage accepting on Oscar for him or herself.”
About Image Nation
Launched in 2008 as a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, Image Nation has rapidly become one of the world’s leading feature film producers. The company’s mission is to build the foundations of a strong local film industry in the UAE.
Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the company’s local division, produced its first Emirati film in 2011 – the coming of age story “Sea Shadow”. The division also oversees a number of training and internship programs designed to encourage the growth of local film talent.
Image Nation International, the company’s international film division, maintains strategic partnerships with a number of major producers. These include Participant Media, National Geographic Films, Hyde Park Entertainment, Parkes /Macdonald Productions, Warner Bros., and Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA). The division has co-produced a number of feature films, including the Bollywood hit “My Name is Khan”, “Fair Game”, “The Help”, “Contagion” and “The Double”.