Octavia Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. At an early age, Octavia’s mother stressed the importance of education to her and her siblings. Today, Octavia has continued that tradition as a passionate advocate for education as a longtime board member of City Year L.A. For that reason, City Year L.A. is honoring Octavia with the City Year Values Award for Service to a Cause Greater Than Self in recognition of her advocacy and commitment to the thousands of children across Los Angeles public schools who benefit directly from having a City Year mentor.
One of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, Octavia has become a familiar fixture in both television and the silver screen. Her performance as Minny in the DreamWorks feature film The Help won her the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award among numerous other accolades. She has since received two additional individual Academy Award nominations and recently served as an executive producer on the critically acclaimed drama, Green Book, which won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Picture and Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.