Mar 18, 2019 02:03 PM EST

Octavia Spencer to Receive CinemaCon's Spotlight Award

Octavia Spencer to Receive CinemaCon's Spotlight Award
Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon, has announced that Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer will receive this year's "CinemaCon® Spotlight Award." The award will be presented at CinemaCon on April 4.

"From the moment she appeared on screen as Minny Jackson in ‘The Help,' Octavia Spencer put Hollywood and movie audiences on-notice, leaving no doubt she would become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents," Neuhauser said. "With her upcoming performance in the thriller ‘Ma,' Spencer will prove once again that there is no role or genre that she cannot conquer, and we are honored to be able to present her with this year's ‘CinemaCon Spotlight Award.'" 

Spencer will be starring in the upcoming film "Ma", in which she will play Sue Ann, who is a loner and keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. This all changes when one day, she is asked by Maggie (Diana Silvers), a teenager new to town, to buy some booze for her and her friends. Seeing the chance to make some unsuspecting friends of her own, Sue Ann, offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don't curse. Never go upstairs.  And call her "Ma." But as Ma's hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare. "Ma" also stars Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, McKaley Miller, Missi Pyle, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo and Dante Brown. Directed by Tate Taylor, "Ma," is written by Scotty Landes and is produced by Jason Blum for his Blumhouse Productions, and by Taylor and John Norris. 

CinemaCon, the official convention of NATO, will be held April 1-4, 2019 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The Coca-Cola Company is the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon.
 

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