MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer was honored Wednesday at the Alabama Statehouse, where about 400 people turned out to welcome her.
Spencer won this years best supporting actress Oscar for her performance as a maid in The Help.
She arrived in a pink limousine for the ceremony, and as she stepped out, she was serenaded by the band from her alma mater, Jefferson Davis High School.
A Montgomery native, Spencer told the crowd she would do whatever she could to see that more movies are made in Alabama. She also cautioned young people in the audience to think twice before heading to Hollywood to become a movie star.
Gov. Robert Bentley and House and Senate leaders greeted Spencer. Bentley proclaimed Wednesday as Octavia Spencer Day in Alabama.