Everyone who was anyone was going to watch the Oscars this weekend. Once again, controversy made press. This time, there was no rushing the stage crying foul. This had to do with an actress’s treatment because of her refusal to campaign for their award. That’s what Mo’Nique claimed in her recent interview.
Apparently, because she didn’t promote the movie” Precious”, her director blackballed her for being tacky and difficult after winning hr 2010 Oscar for best supporting actress. She was not happy because this incident by that director had caused her to be passed over in favor of others when trying to secure other movie roles.
Was it because she appeared on the show dressed similar to Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American actress to win an Oscar on the 75th anniversary of it? Not necessarily. Here’s what Lee Daniels had to say in response:
“Mo’nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community. I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of her for parts that we can collaborate on. However, the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles.”
It looked to me like this ‘game’ Mo’Nique was supposed to have played was of an implied nature. It was wrong to campaign for an award that should’ve been won by merit, which she did, exactly like Hattie McDaniel. If they, the Hollywood community knew Mo’Nique was ‘a force to be reckoned’ with they should not have expected her to play the game exactly as they wanted in the first place and use it to blacklist her. This five year grudge should be forgotten. These parts she was being offered were only out of common courtesy. She knew this. Today’s hot stars were yesterday’s has been. Hollywood was fickle.
People like Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg had to fight for some of the roles they got too. Oprah’s weight was probably a major reason why she was passed over in some roles. It was easily written into the script in the movie “The Color Purple” At first, Goldberg was seen more by the Hollywood community as a comedienne, not an actress. She fought for the role in “Corinna, Corinna’, which was enjoyed by me.
This blogger stood by Mo’Nique because of her integrity