As Predicted, Mo’Nique Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar (w/Update)
Looks like this is going to be the Mo’Nique post for the next 48 hours.
(This was on the red carpet, recorded by KTLA, the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles.)
(The Moment of Truth…congratulations, girl!)
No more queens of comedy films. And possibly, no more books saying skinny women are evil. (She and Queen Latifah have really lessened the poundage, but they will never wear a size 0. They’re always going to be voluptuous black women.)
No more Nikki Parkers. And hopefully, no more Mary Joneses–meaning no typecasting.
Or Showtime at the Apollo.
In some ways, I am going to miss a little of that old Mo’Nique. But then again, maybe she won’t change that much.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mo’Nique won the best supporting actress Oscar on Sunday for her role as an abusive mother in “Precious,” claiming her first Academy Award.
The actress had been considered the favorite to win, having racked up a slew of critics’ choice, festival and guild awards for her role in the independent film.
Her chilling portrayal of Mary, a verbally, physically and sexually abusive mother to the title character, had an intensity unmatched by any of the other nominees, who were Penelope Cruz in “Nine,” Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart,” and Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air.”
Mo’Nique accepted her statuette to a standing ovation.
“I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics,” she said with emotion. “To my amazing husband, Sidney — thank you for showing me that sometimes you have to forego doing what’s popular, in order to do what’s right.”
The newly crowned winner, whose real name is Monique Imes, was up until now largely known for her work as a comedian on the stand-up circuit as well as the UPN television series “The Parkers,” and films including “Phat Girlz” and “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins.” Last fall, she debuted her own late-night talk show on cable channel BET, “The Mo’Nique Show.”
Mo’Nique becomes only the fifth black woman to receive an Academy Award, including Hattie McDaniel in 1940 to whom Mo’Nique was giving honor to with her blue gown and flowers in her hair; Whoopi Goldberg, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Hudson.