She followed her Golden Globe win with her first Oscar nomination for best supporting actress in The Help, calling it "wonderful and humbling" to be recognized. Growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, she hoped to work in Hollywood one day, but never imagined she’d be on the big screen. Her break came in a small role opposite superstar Sandra Bullock in A Time to Kill. Stage, TV and film roles followed and then The Help catapulted her to national stardom. You might not know she made Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest Actresses list in 2009 and turns the big 4-0 in May.