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Oscar Backstage: Two Awards go to Precious, Adapted Screenplay, Mo'Nique Talks

by Anne Thompson
March 8, 2010 2:54 AM
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Precious has now won two awards. Jason Reitman won so many awards for Up in the Air--including the WGA-- that it's shocking that he did not win the adapted screenplay Oscar. Was he too young, or the movie too light and comedic? It must have been close. First-timer Geoffrey Fletcher's win for Precious demonstrates great Academy support --will the film win anything else? Many people are predicting an upset in the best actress category. Mo'Nique's win for supporting actress was expected.

On the red carpet, Mo'Nique said that the white carnation in her hair and the color of her blue dress was inspired by Gone with the Wind Oscar-winner Hattie McDaniel, the first black woman to win an Oscar in 1940. In her acceptance speech, Mo'Nique said, "I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics." She thanked Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey for backing the film, and her husband for telling her that "sometimes you have to forgo doing what's popular in order to do what's right."

UPDATE: The journalists gave a standing ovation for Mo'Nique backstage, the fifth black woman to with the Oscar. She directed who asked the questions in the interview room. "I am a stand-up comedian who won an Oscar," she says. "Have you ever had a dark moment when you were unlovable?" she asks a journalist. "For the monster that Mary Jones was, everybody, I don't care who you are, everyone deserves to be loved, even when they are unlovable. Thank you, sugar."

She added "This role has shaped my life, if that goes into my career, great...I'm married to an angel," she said. Husband Sidney told her not to "'judge it and just be it and leave it on the floor.' When Lee Daniels said cut, Mary Jones was left on the studio floor. When I went home, I was Mrs.. Hicks, I was Mommy."

Regarding the fact that she didn't participate in a full-bore Oscar campaign, she said she was proud of an Academy for that cares more for "my performance and not how many dinners I attended and pictures I took. The Academy said, 'we won't play the game the media put out there.'"

On the red carpet, Mo'Nique was also in fine form:


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And her exec producer Tyler Perry was there in support as well:


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