Although it is never mentioned in the movie how Eugenia got the nickname "Skeeter," it is revealed in the book that when she was born, her thin, leggy appearance caused her older brother to remark that she looked like a "skeeter" (mosquito).
The film takes place in Jackson, Mississippi in 1963. This is when and where Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers was assassinated. Real-life national news headlines of the assassination are used in the film at about an hour and twenty minutes into the film.
Skeeter's bookshelf contains the following books: Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," and Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind." All three of these books are discussed many times in the original novel.
The cast includes two sets of same-year Oscar winners for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress: 1980's Spacek (Best Actress) and Steenburgen (Best Supporting Actress) and 2017's Stone (Best Actress) and Davis (Best Supporting Actress).
When Skeeter is writing at her desk, one of the books on her shelf is Richard Wright's novel "Native Son." Towards the beginning of the movie, Skeeter's naiveté is exhibited through her well-intended but potentially harmful acts of kindness towards and interactions with black people in her community. This is very reminiscent of Mary Dalton's treatment towards Bigger Thomas in Wright's novel.
Viola Davis appeared in two movies that were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012. Davis starred in both this movie and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011). Jessica Chastain also appeared in two movies that were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012. Chastain also starred in both this movie and The Tree of Life (2011).
Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek appeared in The Help (2011) and in JFK (1991). Both films are based in the 1960s during the time when President John F. Kennedy was murdered. Both films were critically acclaimed and both were nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Spacek won the Academy Award for Best Leading Actress in 1981 for her role in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980).
Award nominations: Hublot d'Or de la meilleure adaptation (Tate Taylor), Prix du Jeune Public de la Meilleure Adaptation (Tate Taylor) et Coup de Coeur du Hury de la Meilleure Adaptation (Tate Taylor) au Festival de la Page à l'Image, France).
The film is based on the phenomenal New York Times best-selling book by Kathryn Stockett. With 3 million copies in print, The Help remained on the NYT best-seller list for 103 weeks, six of which were at Number 1.