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From first-time nominees to red carpet newbies, the Academy Awards was a big night of firsts
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Updated: Monday Feb 27, 2012 | 01:00 AM EST
By: Janet Mock
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The Help's Octavia Spencer gets an A-list greeting from Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock before the telecast, where Spencer took home her first Academy Award for her scene-stealing role as Minny Jackson.
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