Oscars' Golden Girls: The Class of 2010

Meryl! Mo'Nique! Sandra! Get the lowdown on the women vying for the Academy Award (12 Photos)

Louise Barile on Feb 5, 2010 at 6:00AM

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Oscars' Golden Girls: The Class of 2010

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Mo'Nique

Nomination: Best Supporting Actress for Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

Talk-show host and comedian Mo'Nique took on the biggest challenge of her career portraying abusive mother Mary Jones in Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire . "You could not tell that story, in my opinion, with actresses who were afraid to look ugly, who were afraid to be vulnerable, who were afraid to be everything on the table," she told the The New York Times. Though playing Mary was mentally and physically exhausting, the reaction the 42-year-old actress has gotten from audiences of all genders and races has been a reward in itself. "When you get an Asian brother that comes up to you after a screening and says with tears in his eyes, ‘What I'm going to say to you, Mo'Nique, is going to sound weird, but I am Mary Jones, and I need help,’ we won," she explained to Fox News. "Because if that one life was changed, we won."

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