Home Celebrity Oscars: Mo’Nique Is Wrong, She Blackballed Herself By Belittling the Oscar Process

Mo’Nique won the Oscar for “Precious” in 2010 and then vanished. She’s blaming Hollywood. She says she was blackballed. She is completely incorrect. She blackballed herself. During the “Precious” Oscar campaign Mo’Nique thumbed her nose at the process. She demanded to be paid for promotional appearances. She didn’t turn up to accept other awards. She showed absolute disdain for everyone and everything associated with the process. She says in her interview with The Hollywood Reporter that “Precious” director Lee Daniels told her she was blackballed in a phone conversation. He insists to to me that this isn’t true. “I told her she was having trouble because of the way she behaved during Precious.”

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During the “Precious” campaign, Mo’Nique had a syndicated late night talk show. It was one of the worst calamities in the history of TV. One night she had former nominees Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard on as guests. The talk turned to Oscar, and this is a transcript of what went on:

Henson: “It’s like running for president.”

Mo’Nique: “What are you campaigning for, though? That’s what I need to understand.”

Howard: “Well, a lot of people will not have seen your work, even if it’s the most stellar of work…

Henson: “It’s also really just about raising the awareness of who Mo’Nique is because, you know, we have our fans, and then there are so many people that still don’t know, and we need them to know.”

Mo’Nique: “We do need them to know. I guess that my feeling is just different in reference to this campaigning. I’m really trying to understand it… Because when they say ‘campaign,’ I’m like, ‘Well, wait a minute. President Barack Obama had to campaign ‘cuz he had something to prove: that he could do it. Well, the performance is on the screen! So at what point am I still trying to prove something?'”

Howard: “You say you finished!”

Mo’Nique: “I’m finished!” […]

Howard: “You have to prove your artistic nature to everyone that’s around you in order for them to be your supporters. Because your fans here aren’t necessarily the members of the Academy. It’s reaching that whole other group of people-“

Henson: “-that’s not even aware of who Mo’Nique is, who haven’t followed you throughout your career, you know? And you may not even care about them; you may just only care about your fans.” […]

Mo’Nique: “Now let me ask y’all this, because I know y’all are gonna school me correctly: What does it mean financially?

When she finished the last question, both guests’ mouths dropped open. It was clear that this woman had one thing on her mind and had no concept of what was going on. She was coarse, shallow, and offensive. That she even got the Oscar is amazing. She deserved it, yes. But it took the Academy to overlook her behavior. They judged the performance. But that doesn’t mean that producers and directors want to get involved with this situation again.

read from 2009: http://www.showbiz411.com/2009/12/21/20091221monique-oscar-mean-financially

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7 replies to this post
  1. I’m not sure what was “coarse, shallow, and offensive,” about her behavior. It seemed like she genuinely didn’t understand how the process worked and was asking questions. It seems like everyone else was ready to go along blindly and do what they were told without truly understanding why they were doing it. Mo’Nique is a comedian. Everything in her career has been about her next paycheck and establishing herself as a leader in her field. She’s a business woman. These are the questions that a person in control of their career would ask. As a journalist, I’m offended by this article. Where is the explanation of how the Oscar campaigning works? Where it began? How it effects who’s chosen as the winner? Why wasn’t this explained. Where is your background information on Mo’Nique? Did you even attempt to be objective and try to see things from her point of view. To try to be compassionate in your judgement. This article just seems snobby and like you’re bashing her for not fitting into a mold of blind subservience. Poor work sir.

  2. so she IS being blackballed. Sounds real immature to me. “Oh, she doesn’t act the way we want her to act so no votes.” Its their award so it’s ok. But i would think that you want to award actors/actresses for their body of work rather than if they talk mean about you. Maybe somebody should have pulled her to the side and told her that.
    They dont HAVE to nominate you, it’s their award- but they should try and not be dicks about it. Are they going behind the scenes to producers and casting directors and telling them what to do? Is this North Korea and Sony all over again?

  3. this is literally one of the worst, most stupidest articles I’ve ever wasted my life reading….off base information, wrong facts, the monique show was a HIT on BET and she’s right she aint gotta kiss no body ass to win….AND SHE STILL FUCKING WON so who the fuck cares if she campaigned and played the game like every other muthafucka? white people set those presidents and no great leader has ever lead without breaking rules so ….. have one of these for me _/

  4. Sooooo, one has to ‘play’ the oscar game or else it is belittling. Eff that. More ppl should rebel against the tired, OLD, man’s game. And, many actors/actresses are deemed hard to deal with. Just seems the females get a harsher labeling.

    And, there is nothing in that exchange that was offputting. She thought her work should speak for itself rather than her running around licking someone’s a$$.

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