The Help’s Viola Davis Reacts to Academy Award Nomination

Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis in The Help

Will Viola Davis prevent Meryl Streep from winning her third Academy Award?

The 46-year-old star of The Help was nominated in the Best Actress category Tuesday morning. She will compete against The Iron Lady's Streep (a 17-time nominee), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Rooney Mara, Albert Nobbs' Glenn Close and My Week With Marilyn's Michelle Williams.

Davis, who earned raves for her role as a maid in The Help, credits the film's all-star cast for her nomination.

"The key to a great performance is surrounding yourself with talent and getting over your ego," Davis tells Variety. "One thing everybody gave up was their egos when they got on the set, and I think that showed in the final product."

Davis' costars Octavia Spencer, 41, and Jessica Chastain, 30, will go head-to-head in the Best Supporting Actress category. The Help, which also features Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard, is one of nine films nominated in the Best Picture category.

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