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Precious Has a Long Way to Go

by Anne Thompson
December 8, 2009 5:27 AM
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Thompson on Hollywood

Lionsgate is girding itself for a long haul to the Oscars. They have accomplished a great deal: a movie with tough subject matter about familial abuse, starring an all African-American cast, has become a must-see. And I will argue that although I have encountered folks who are resistant to watching the movie, most Academy members (who mostly lean Liberal) will check it out. (The Carpetbagger rolls out some of the film's problems.)

But Lionsgate has another issue: supporting actress contender Mo'Nique is a piece of work. While she aced her appearance on Oprah, she revealed her own bias against promoting herself on her own BET show when veteran Oscar campaigners Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson offered serious Oscar advice.

"Don't y'all bring your asses to my front door!" she cries when Howard tells her what's going to happen on nominations morning. "I'm trying to understand this," she continues later. "The performance is on the screen, at what point are they trying to prove something?"

"Your fans here are not necessarily members of the Academy," explains Howard. Competitive juices kick in, says Henson: "You want to win!" I sympathize with Mo'Nique, who is confronting the difference between what should be, and what is.

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More: Awards, Independents, Oscars, Lionsgate/Roadside


  • Sergio | December 11, 2009 12:11 AMReply

    @John M

    Boo hoo You're so mean to me

  • jl | December 10, 2009 6:43 AMReply

    @John M ... oh, did we interrupt your viewing of a Dane Cook special on HBO?

  • John M | December 10, 2009 6:39 AMReply

    "Let’s be honest if I had to choose between her and Kerry Washington for a part I’m going with Kerry in heartbeat."

    Let's be honest, you're a douche.

  • Remy | December 8, 2009 9:21 AMReply

    I don't think her performance is worthy of recognition, but I understand where she's coming from. Like you say, this isn't how it works, but you've got to admire her guts.

  • Sergio | December 8, 2009 7:43 AMReply

    I wrote about Mo'Nique's reluctance to promote herself on the film blog I contribute to Shadow And Act a few weeks ago. First of all you're right she is a piece of work. She has a rep of being difficult to deal with (like a friend of mine who's seen Precious and as crossed paths with her in the past, her character in the film is a slightly exaggerated version of herself as anybody who's seen her stand act can tell you...) so she's not doing herself any favors. But on the other hand, look at it from her point of view being nominated isn't going to increase her opportunities in Hollywood. Let's be honest if I had to choose between her and Kerry Washington for a part I'm going with Kerry in heartbeat

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