Octavia Spencer

This picture was taken at the 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center in 2012. In it, Spencer is receiving the Breakthrough Performance Award for her role in The Help. According to the Palm Springs International Film Society website, this festival (called the PSIFF) welcomes an annual 135,000 attendees.

Spencer was honored for, in the words of festival chairman Harold Matzner, being a “consummate actress who seamlessly blends her dramatic and comedic talents, creating performances of uncommon depth.”