Well, well. At last: Mo’Nique.

The BET talk show host, comedienne and erstwhile star of “Precious” finally turned up for publicity this past weekend.

Mo’Nique joined the rest of the “Precious” gang ‘ Mariah, Lee Daniels, Gabby Sidibe, Paula Patton ‘‘at the AFI screening of the Oscar buzzed movie. She also participated in a press conference for the Hollywood Foreign Press, and met members of all the different Guilds ‘ i.e. Academy voters.

This publicity lap comes just a few days before “Precious” actually opens, and after 10 months of doing very little for the movie. It’s unknown how much Lions Gate paid Mo’Nique to do her press, or whether exec producers Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey finally brought some pressure to bear on her.

Either way, it’s nice to see Mo’Nique finally getting with the program. Now all the “Precious” folks have to do is make sure no Academy voters see “The Mo’Nique Show” on BET. I’m torn between praising it for its originality and freshness, or panning it for being absolutely dreadful. Mo’Nique is not much of an interviewer. The show itself is kind of a rambunctious party, with a lot of shouting, squealing and exultations from another planet. The guests are also a hoot.’ But there is nothing like hearing Mo’Nique exclaim to each one: “You lookin’ fine, honey!”

The talk show hostess is guaranteed Oscar, Golden Globe, and other nominations. She will be up against a tough crowd in the Supporting category perhaps including Penelope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Julianne Moore, Marion Cotillard, and maybe a couple of surprises too.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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