Oscar Actors: Mo’Nique, Supporting Actress for Precious

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Mo’nique, Best Supporting Actress, Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mo’nique – Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
MO’NIQUE:  First, let me say thank you, God, for this
         amazing ride that you’re allowing me to go on.  And
         everybody kept asking me did I know my speech?  And I
         said, “No, I don’t know what I’m going to say because
         I don’t want people to think I just know I done won
         something, so no, I don’t know.”
         But I’m shaking.  And when I tell you all I am in the
         midst of my dream, and when I look into the eyes of the
         man that I stood next to at 14 years old and I said to
         him, “One day we going to be stars,” and he said, “You
         first,” and we walked this red carpet together tonight,
         Sidney, I love you more than you will ever know, baby.
         I don’t know how much time I have, but I have something
         to say, so please —
         Lee Daniels, the world gets a chance to see how brilliant
         you are.  You are a brilliant, fearless, amazing director
         who would not waiver.  And thank you for trusting me to
         be Mary Jones in this movie.  To Gabby (Gabourey Sibide),
         sister, I am in awe of you.  Thank you for letting me
         play with you.
         To the cast and the crew of this movie, thank y’all all
         so much, and I tell you I celebrate this award with all
         the Preciouses, with all the Marys.  I celebrate this
         award with every person that’s ever been touched.  It’s
         now time to tell, and it’s OK.  God bless you all.  Thank
        you all so very much.
Reporters in Back Stage Speech
MO’NIQUE:  Hello.  How is everybody doing?
Q.   Could you have written a speech as
powerful as the one you just delivered?
MO’NIQUE:  You know, I told Al Roker
earlier, because he came over to my house and we
did an interview, and I said, “I just want it to
happen if they do call my name.  I don’t want to
prepare.  I don’t want to start writing anything
down.  When they call my name, if they call it,
we’ll just let it happen.”
Thank you, sister.
Yes, baby.
Q.   Congratulations.
MO’NIQUE:  Thank you.
Q.   I am so, so, so thrilled.  What an
important film this is for everyone to see.
Talk about a little bit about in your
speech when you talk about it is time to speak up
about being touched.  Can you elaborate?
MO’NIQUE:  I think for so long we have
swept it under the carpet.  For so long, when it is
time to deal with that issue, and when it is time
to deal with molestation inside the home, we walk
away from it, and we don’t address it.
So oftentimes we live a lifetime with
those demons and not really dealing with it.  So we
continue to have a damaged life, and it is time to
stop that.  It is time for us to heal and be
survivors and no longer be victims.
Q.   Hi, Mo’Nique.  Congratulations.  Ted from
E!  Astounding performance.
How do you feel when a public figure who
has suffered abuse like Rihanna chooses not to
address it?
MO’NIQUE:  How do I feel when a public
figure chooses not to address it?  Well, you know,
everybody deals with it in their own way.
Everybody deals with whatever their issues are in
their own way.  Doesn’t make it right, wrong, or
indifferent, it is just in their time how they deal
with it.
And we need to give people the respect to
allow them to deal with whatever it is they are
going through without the media getting so involved
and creating their own stories.
Q.   Would you like her to have been more
MO’NIQUE:  Would I like her to be more
outspoken?  I have no opinion on that.  How Rihanna
handled it was the way that she felt was best to
handle it.  Stop trying to catch me, baby.
Q.   You just won a Golden Globe.
Congratulations.  You were amazing in the film.
How do you feel about the Oscar buzz that
is sure to follow this?
MO’NIQUE:  I am excited at any buzz.  Any
time someone says, “We want to honor you for a
performance,” you are a kid.  All of us are nothing
but kids in here with grown-up faces living out our
So I am excited about it.  I am excited
about the little girl that practiced in the mirror
with a brush in her hand and a towel wrapped around
her body for her gown.  I am excited about it all.
Q.   Mo’Nique —
MO’NIQUE:  Let’s give somebody else a
chance, and then we are going to come back to you
if we have time.
Q.   I want to know, can you talk about how you
feel the importance of you winning this award helps
bring that message to mainstream America, to the
average viewer of motion pictures, to a certain
audience that might not think about this issue?
MO’NIQUE:  I don’t know how any audience
couldn’t think about this issue, because it is
universal.  It doesn’t just happen in one community
or one income bracket.  It is universal, and it
happens everywhere.
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.
And 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.  Because if that
one life was changed, we won.
So the message is more important than
Q.   Mo’Nique, can you tell me anything that
was special today about getting ready for this very
special day and very special event, your gorgeous
dress, everything about getting ready?
MO’NIQUE:  You know what was a special
moment?  And my husband and I have what we call
“bathroom talk,” and we have almost incredible
conversations in our bathroom.  So the moment was
when we looked at each other, he said, “Has it hit
And I said, “Has it hit you?”
And we both said, “No.”  That was our
moment right there.
Thank you, brother.
Q.   Once upon a time we spoke, and I remember
you just telling me things about being younger and
not having it all.  And now you seemingly are
getting every dream coming your way, but I know
your heart is still with those girls that are 10
and 12 and 13 that want what you have now.
So the message to every little girl who
wants the Mo’Nique dream, what is it?
MO’NIQUE:  Is dream the impossible dream,
and don’t believe the sky is the limit.  Go above
Q.   Congrats.
MO’NIQUE:  Thank you, sis.
Q.   Can you tell me something about what was
the most difficult thing to play this role?
MO’NIQUE:  Great question.  The most
difficult was the young lady, the baby that was
really disabled, and when Mary Jones throws that
baby and calls her an animal.  That was the most
difficult thing I have ever had to do in this
business and life.
So the moment Mr. Daniels said, “Cut,” we
had to have a group hug with that baby and her
mother and let her mother know, “Sis, we acting
right now.”  So we had to take a minute.
Q.   You talked a little bit on stage in your
acceptance speech regarding Lee Daniels, and I know
you have so much admiration and respect for him.  I
kind of felt like you thought he was kind of
underrated in this industry.
Can you talk to me a little bit about
MO’NIQUE:  Mr. Daniels has put out so much
great work but never really got the recognition for
his brilliance.
So tonight the world got involved.  The
world said, “We think that this is a great
project.”  So I am excited for that, brother, that
the world will see his genius and his brilliance.
So I applaud that.