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This weekend, Mo'Nique took home two major awards for best supporting actress -- The Critics' Choice Award and the Golden Globe. And both times, the crowd gave the Precious star a standing ovation. Her devastating performance as an abusive mother clearly struck a chord, possibly even with Academy voters.
Unfortunately, more than a few Hollywood insiders aren't rooting for her -- but is it because Mo'Nique has allegedly demanded cash for publicity appearances, or is it because she skipped one too many press events to stay home with her kids?
After stars shoot a film, especially a small-but-acclaimed indie like Precious, publicity events (attending film festivals and awards shows, giving interviews, and generally giving the movie as much exposure as possible) are usually written into actors' contracts. And while Precious hasn't lacked for publicity -- Oprah's involvement alone guaranteed headlines -- Mo'Nique has been absent from many red-carpet events this season. The comedienne (this is her first dramatic movie role) has stated outright on her TV talk show that she doesn't believe in campaigning for awards. Still, most stars wouldn't dare miss a major event with awards looming in the near future, and Mo'Nique has now missed three -- including the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, which awarded her best supporting actress. Since Academy voters are Hollywood insiders, they presumably care about this sort of snub. Is Mo'Nique trying to sabotage her Oscar chances?
Not at all, said husband-slash-manager Sidney Hicks at the Critics' Choice Awards -- she's just trying to be a good mom. "I don't know if you know this," Hicks told reporters, "but she is the first woman of African-American descent to ever have a late night TV show in conjunction to being a mother. She is also a wife. She would rather play a bad mother in movies than play a bad one in real life."
Makes sense when you think about it -- if Mo'Nique were to travel to all those events, on top of hosting her daily BET talk show, when would she see her three boys (4-year-old twins Jonathan and David and their 19-year-old brother Shalon)? If Mo'Nique is a mom placing real priorities like family above superficial ones (like awards shows), we certainly find that refreshing! Perhaps the Academy will see it that way, too.
Do you think Mo'Nique should be obligated to attend public appearances for her film?