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Oscar Nominations: Worst Lack of Diversity Since 2001

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 8:40 am.

This morning, Academy Award–winner Mo’Nique helped announce the 2011 Oscar nominations. Everyone was nominated as expected: Black Swan, The King’s Speech, and The Social Network received nods for Best Picture; Natalie Portman, Annette Benning, Christian Bale, and Melissa Leo received nods for acting. And the Academy still isn’t showing any love to Leonardo DiCaprio. You would think DiCaprio is half-Black, half-Asian with the way the Academy shuns him!

Shockingly, not one single African-American was nominated in one of the acting categories. Not since the 2001 Academy Awards have there been no African-Americans nominated in any of the acting categories. Sure, one might argue, “There weren’t enough Black films that came out this year!” But what’s beyond the surface is the challenge for dramatic Black films to get the green light in Hollywood.

The Oscars will air February 27, 2011, with James Franco and Anne Hathaway as the hosts. Click here for the complete list of nominees.

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Mo’Nique To Host Oscar Nomination Ceremony

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 12:00 am.

Oscar winner, Golden Globe winner, SAG winner, NAACP winner — and any other award for acting winner, Mo’Nique, will be hosting the 83rd Academy Awards nomination ceremony on Tuesday, January 25.  Starting at 5:30 a.m. PST, Mo’, along with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak, will announce the nominations in 10 of the 24 categories.  The news conference will take place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

The Oscars will air live on Sunday, February 27, 2011, from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, California.

Congrats to Mo’Nique!  Hopefully next year the Academy Awards will let her host the actual show! Now that would be a good look!

Don’t forget to watch The Mo’Nique Show weeknights at 11pm on BET.  Tonight’s guests include Terrence J. & Rocsi.

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Barbara Walters Turned Down Interviewing Mo’Nique’s Brother

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 10:12 am.

moniquesagEver since the controversial interview aired of Oprah talking with Mo’Nique’s family, particularly her brother who molested her, rumors have been spinning.  Now, RadarOnline is reporting that the Oscar winner is upset with Oprah for doing the interview.  However, at the start of the interview Oprah said that she asked Mo’Nique and got her blessing.  I will believe it if it comes from Mo’Nique’s or Oprah’s mouth.

Other reports claim Mo’ is upset because her brother continued to lie about certain specifics of the molestation.

Thursday on The View, the legendary Barbara Walters revealed that Mo’Nique’s family came to her, but she turned down the interview.  She felt as if there were financial reasons for the family wanting to do the interview and did not want to be involved.  Walters said, “I turned it down.  There were my reasons, I also spoke to other members of her family and it seems that Mo’Nique was financially helping the whole family.  When she married her husband, Sidney Hicks, who takes very good care of her and is her  manager and her protector, for various reasons broke off with the family.”  Walters added, “My feeling was that it was their way of getting back because they wanted the financial support.  It began to seem to me like a somewhat unappealing, unattractive story.”  Walters did interview Mo’Nique for her annual Oscar special.

Check out the clip below.

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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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Mo’Nique Wins The Globe; Mariah Shows Her Globes

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 12:00 am.

monique Precious won only one award last night at the 67th Annual Golden Globes, but Mo’Nique stole the show with her acceptance speech for best supporting actress. It was no shocker, Mo’Nique beat out some heavy-hitters for her stunning performance as Mary Jones, an abusive mother. A teary Mo’Nique graciously accepted the Golden Globe thanking her husband and the director of Precious, Lee Daniels. She also added for those who have been abused: “It’s now time to tell and it’s OK.”

When Drew Barrymore won for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie, she was so moved by Mo’Nique she said, “You said everything that so many people feel.  You are the most eloquent, beautiful human being.”

Congratulations Mo’Nique!  This makes her a shoe-in for the Oscar!

Backstage, Mo’Nique said, “I don’t know — to say me winning has a great importance on what the message is.  I think the message is far more important than anything…if that one life was changed, we won. So that message is more important than anything.”

The night continued with a cancer-stricken Michael C. Hall winning for his role in Showtime’s Dexter, Sandra Bullock winning for best actress in The Blind Side and James Cameron snagged best director and best film for Avatar.  Also, the legendary Martin Scorsese was honored by Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio with the Cecil B. Demille award.  Meryl Streep set a record for winning the most Golden Globes of any actor with her seventh win for Julie & Julia.

The night was also filled with mentions of relief efforts for Haiti.

Presenters included Samuel L. Jackson, Mike Tyson and a beautiful Halle Berry.  But, probably one of the most talked about moments of the night was Mariah’s bosom — she had her own set of Globes.  Gotta love Mimi! mariah

Click here for photos from the 67th Annual Golden Globes.

Here is a complete list of winners.

Watch the video of Mo’Nique’s acceptance speech.

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Ten Best Films of ‘09

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, December 28, 2009 at 12:00 am.

BestOf09_Films_cpIt’s been an amazing year in film with so many diverse movies — you’ve laughed, cried, learned and been entertained.  Whether it was Mo’Nique’s gut-wrenching performance in Precious, Michael Moore’s biting commentary in Capitalism: A Love Story, or the high-octane energy from Star Trek — films may have been the only thing that got you through a year of global economic distress.

I have seen countless movies this year; here are my selections for the 10 most impactful, entertaining and well done films of 2009.   Sound off in the comments!

10. Star Trek (Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto)

startrek_2009movie“Normally, 11 versions equates disaster, but somehow, some way, director J.J. Abrams and the creators of Star Trek managed to pull off the best sci-fi movie since The Matrix.”

9. Tyson (Documentary)
ironmiketyson“Some parts are hilarious, some are heartbreaking and whether or not you think Mike is a rapist or saint — you can’t help but feel his truth.”

8. Capitalism: A Love Story (Documentary)
captialism“Michael Moore is the Obama of documentarians.”

7. More Than a Game (Documentary)
moregame“Deeply inspiring. That said, for every young kid who sees More Than a Game and thinks they are the next LeBron James — it should be mandatory to watch 1994’s Hoop Dreams.”

6. Good Hair (Documentary)
goodhair“Quite brilliantly, Chris Rock skillfully peeled back archaic layers, opening up a dialogue that could’ve been volatile. His natural talent made the doc hilarious and thought-provoking, rising above race and gender.”

5. American Violet (Nicole Beharie, Alfre Woodard)
american_violet“It’s not enough for a movie to have a Black cast for it to be good, it must have good writing, engaging stories and impassioned actors. This film has all three.”

4. Valentino: the Last Emperor (Documentary)
valentino“In a time where fashion is reduced to tawdry reality shows, Valentino: The Last Emperor reinjects the sophistication and elegance in what some say is a lost art form.”

3. Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen)
bruno-official-movie-poster“Yes, Bruno is in ‘gay face’ if you will, but when going beyond the surface, he is clearly turning the mirror on us and saying, ‘Do you see how stupid these stereotypes are?’”

2. Michael Jackson’s This Is It (Documentary)
MJThisIsIt“Fan or not, in This Is It, you don’t see death, just life. There is no sadness or tears; you walk out with a smile. Forget the controversies, this is truly who Michael Jackson was – his music. It’s a film that you don’t want to end.”

1. Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire (Mo’Nique, Gabourey Sidibe and Mariah Carey)

precious“Clearly, the best film of the year.  Mo’Nique’s performance?  Even if Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Katherine Hepburn all came back from the dead — they could not pull that Oscar out of Mo’Nique’s hands.”

Honorable Mentions: Avatar, Skin, The Princess and the Frog and Life Is Hot In Cracktown.

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Golden Globe Nominations; Mo’Nique Talks To BET About Nod

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 10:02 am.

preciousThe 67th Annual Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Precious grabbed three nominations — best supporting actress (Mo’Nique), best actress (Gabourey Sidibe) and best film.

I am surprised Precious did not receive more nods. It is one of the best films I have seen in over 10 years — Black or White. Lee Daniels didn’t receive a nod for best director. No screenplay nod either, but Neill Blomkamp for District 9 was nominated for best screenplay, which, to me, was one of the worst films of ‘09. Precious is one of the best screenplay adaptations I have ever seen. Also, nothing for original song — I thought Mary J. Blige’s “I Can See In Color” was a shoe-in for a nomination. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mo’Nique Wins At New York Film Critics Online

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 12:00 am.

moniqueMo’Nique, who is a definite shoe-in for an Oscar nod, won best supporting actress from New York Film Critics Online – of which I am a member - for her role in Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire. The decade-old organization is a pre-cursor for the Academy Award nominations. In the past, they have awarded actors like Jamie Foxx in Ray, Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland and Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls — who all won Oscars for those roles.

Precious was also named one of the best films of 2009.

Here is a complete list of winners:

Avatar (20th Century Fox)

Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)

Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)

Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Mo’Nique (Precious)

Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson

Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

The White Ribbon (Sony Classics)

The Cove (Roadside Attractions)

Up (Disney/Pixar)

Crazy Heart – Steve Bruton & T. Bone Burnett, music supervisor, Jeffrey Pollack

Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Marc Webb [(500) Days of Summer]

In the Loop (IFC Films)

NYFCO Top Ten Films of 2009 (Alphabetical)
Adventureland (Miramax Films)
Avatar (20th Century Fox)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox Searchlight)
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company)
The Messenger (Oscilloscope)
Precious (Lionsgate)
A Serious Man (Focus Features)
Two Lovers (Magnolia)
Up (Disney/Pixar)
Up in the Air (Paramount)

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Movie Review: ‘Precious: Based on the Novel By Sapphire’

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 12:00 am.

STIL0053Summary: A horrifying urban drama about an obese girl and single mother named Precious.  The Harlem teen is suffering a monstrosity of abuse in her home, neighborhood and school. Attempting to beat the odds, she is inspired by the unexpected, striving for education and fighting not to repeat the same cycle of circumstances.

Review: Believe the hype, Lee DanielsPrecious: Based on the Novel By Sapphire is everything you expect it to be, and more. Read the rest of this entry »

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Exclusive Images of ‘Precious’ Screening

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 12:00 am.

STIL0053On Saturday, October 3, the New York Film Festival presented the Centerpiece Premiere of Lee Daniels’ Precious at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Paula Patton and several others were in attendance for the film that is already being coined the Slumdog Millionaire of 2009.  Precious is in theaters Friday, November 6th.

In the meantime, check out’s exclusive images below!

PreciousPaulaAmina Robinson, Stephanie Andujar, Paula Patton and Gabourey Sidibe, the star of Precious.

PreciousLisaLisa Cortes, an Executive Producer of Precious.

bboard_mariah_carey_nick_cannonNick Cannon and the legendary Mariah Carey.

PreciousGabbyStephenGabourey Sidibe and BET’s own Stephen Hill.

Go to for more information on the film.

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