Mo’Nique Receives an Oscar Nomination; ‘Precious’ Makes History

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 8:49 am.

monique-preciousNo surprise — Mo’Nique received an Oscar nomination for her now-legendary performance as Mary Jones in PreciousThe BET talk show host has already won a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and countless other awards since the Lee Daniels film debuted at Sundance last year. Unless the Academy Awards pulls one of its legendary upsets, this Oscar is all Mo’Nique’s, which would make her the fifth Black woman to win an Oscar for acting in 82 years (wow!).  She is now the 16th Black woman to receive an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress.

Other nominations include Morgan Freeman for best actor in Invictus and Gabourey Sidibe received a best actress nod for Precious.  Sidibe is only the eighth Black actress to receive a nod for lead actress.  Freeman has been nominated twice before for lead actor, once in 1989 for Driving Miss Daisy and another in 1994 for The Shawshank RedemptionThe Princess and the Frog received three nominations, one for best animated feature and two for best original song.

Precious racked up four more nominations (totaling six) and history was made.  Lee Daniels was nominated for best director, the first time since John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood in 1991 that an African American received a nod in this category.  In addition, Precious earned a nomination for best adapted screenplay, which was honored to Geoffry Fletcher — only the third time an African American received a nod in this category, which hasn’t happened in over 25 years.  Precious was also nominated for best picture with nine other films — this is the first time that a film with a predominately Black cast and Black director was nominated in this category.  The film also received a best editing nod.

Expect the usual suspects Oscar night — Avatar for best film, Sandra Bullock for best actress and Mariah in a busty, tight dress.

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will air March 7th, hosted by Steve Martin and Alec BaldwinClick here for a full list of nominees.

Check out the clip below of Halle Berry winning the Oscar for best actress in a leading role at the 74th Annual Academy Awards.

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L.1985 Said on

Congrats to Mo’ Nique! :)

Marge Temple Said on

This goes to show that you can’t keep good talent down even when it’s ‘Dark Brown!’ Go head Mo’Nique. It’s your time. DO YOUR THING!

Natelee Said on

You go girl! I love that night show.

Lots of love all the way from Honduras

jane Said on

You’re wonderful and brilliant Ms. Mo’Nique! I just love and admire you, your show, your energy and love. Congratulations and Best Wishes to you! God Bless you.

Bigheart521 Said on

Congratulations to Monique and congratulations to Director Lee Daniels, Lee also directed Halle Berry in “Monsters Ball” and Halle went on to win the academy award for best actress that year.

Deborah Said on

Congratulations Ms. Mo’Nique you have came along way girl! and we love you and your work. You are an inspiration to many people keep up the good work. Once again congrats to you and all the cast of Precious. May God Bless You All.

joyce ceasar Said on

Monique you are beautiful you are talented and once again we get to see greatness in our people. I am so proud of your accomplishments, you are
so nice also you really seem to know what it feels like to be at the beginning
to be able to reach the top! God Bless you and your family and many great
wishes for you in upcoming films in the future!

Tina Said on

Good work Mo’nique!! I applaude your efforts, you definately deserve this award get up there with the big dawgs!! Go Girl!!

Aimee Said on

Precious: of all the movies and roles that the Academy could’ve chosen, they picked the most embarassing, stereotypical movie of them all.

Truly pathetic that anyone could take pride in starring in such trash.

christophervalentine Said on

monique i love your show and i love you too and they could have gave too nobody else

Janice Said on

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you go Girl.

Dee Jay Said on

When i say this movie I told everyone that it was very good and that the lead did a wonderful job, but MoNique had stole the show with her performance. She was truly able to get into her character and make u belive that she was actually this person. Congrats to all but, MoNique did that damn thang.

Oh, by the way we need to stop calling American Blacks african american. Most have never been there and probably never will go. Calling ourselves this only lends a voice to the ” Go back to Africa” thing that others are quick to state. We cant go back if we have never been. I for one a very proud to be Black and to be an American, just as much as any of the other races and ethnic groups that do not give themselves one of those hyphenated monikers when describing their race. This is our country and lets be proud of it and proud to be here. I love being black but i also love my country. God bless America, land of the free and the home of Black Americans.

Lanetta Said on

Congratulations Monique, You deserve this, and all that you’r doing, fabulous show!:)

Toni Said on

A huge Congratulations to my girl Mo’Nique!!! Ain’t no stopping now! Keep being Bless with Success!! Love your Show DIVA!!!

Rodney sir Rodney Said on

hi, Mo’Nique you are a fabulous comedian/actress you have all that and some,I will like to thank you for your support for the up and coming comedians/actress/actors, I was looking at the BIGBLACK comedy show and you stated that a new comedian need to know that if he/she just stay with the love of the art thin she/he can do good for all people to see.thank you. and my GOD bless you and yours!!!! P.S. get some more Oscars,get about 4 billion or more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love how you are.

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