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  • Gone_Guy
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    Ouch.

    Mo’Nique Says Roles in Empire and The Butler ”Just Went
    Away”: Lee Daniels Told Me I’ve Been ”Blackballed”

    by NATALIE FINN
    Today 3:17 PM PST

    Mo’nique claims that
    she now knows why the offers didn’t start flooding in after her big
    Oscar win in 2010.


    The former star of The Parkers, who won the Academy Award for Best
    Supporting Actress for her role as the title character’s abusive, domineering
    mother in Precious, writes in an essay in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood
    Reporter
     that director-producer Lee Daniels clued her in just a few months ago.


    Noting that an Oscar win “normally does” lead to “more respect,
    choices, money” in the business, Mo’Nique writes, “But I got a phone
    call from Lee Daniels…And he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.’
    I said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game.'” 

    After steamrolling the competition throughout the 2009-10 awards season,
    Mo’Nique famously didn’t campaign for her Oscar, going on to say in her
    acceptance speech that she was grateful to the Academy “for showing that
    it can be about the performance and not the politics.”


    “I said, ‘Well, what game is that?'” her THR piece
    continues. “He gave me no response.”

    People who would say that she’s “difficult,” “tactless” or
    “tacky” would “probably be right,” the actress writes.
    “That’s why I have my beautiful husband because he’s so full of tact. I’m
    just a girl from Baltimore. But being from that place, you learn not to let
    anybody take advantage of you.”


    Since co-starring in Precious with Gabourey SidibeLenny Kravitzand
    an unrecognizable Mariah Carey, the 47-year-old actress only has a few credits
    to her name, none of them major theatrical releases.


    Mo’Nique also writes that she was offered the role of Forest Whitaker‘s
    wife in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a part that ultimately went
    to Oprah Winfrey; a role in the Daniels-produced Fox
    hit Empire; and the role of Richard Pryor’s grandmother [also now set to be played by Oprah]
    in the upcoming biopic Daniels is working on—but, she adds, “they all just
    went away.”


    In response to Mo’Nique, Daniels said in a statement to THR:


    “Mo’Nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through Precious were
    not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the
    Hollywood community. I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of
    her for parts that we can collaborate on, however the consensus among the
    creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these
    roles.”

    http://www.eonline.com/news/626853/mo-nique-says-roles-in-empire-and-the-butler-just-went-away-lee-daniels-told-me-i-ve-been-blackballed 

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    seoul
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    She didn’t deserve that. I feel bad for her

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    dude
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    It’s an old lesson not to bite the hand that feeds you. It’s one thing not to play the game; it’s another thing to serve attitude instead of showing gratitude.

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    harposboy
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    “Precious” proved she’s a talent to be reckoned with.

    It truly should have led to more roles, and I for one would have been very interested in seeing her in “The Butler”

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    babypook
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    It’s an old lesson not to bite the hand that feeds you. It’s one thing not to play the game; it’s another thing to serve attitude instead of showing gratitude.

    I believe, that I am the one person who criticized Mo’Nique during her runup sweep, during the telecast, and then afterwards. It wasnt so much her performance in that cliched film, in which Oprah claims is an “important movie and one that should be seen by all (sic) so that we can all, understand that this is going on blahblahblah”. It was HER. Cutting her up around here is anathema for almost everyone.

    I remember somebody posting a picture of her with her legs showing, and three inch hairs growing out of it. Not that I think women should shave their legs or anything, but it was analogous with her persona and flippant air. On one hand, it’s nice to see someone defying convention. But this is the Oscars Mo’Nique; a political body like all the others.

    But I do feel some sympathy for her, despite her bringing this upon herself. I hope they give her another chance. Afterall, everyone deserves a second chance.

     

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    If this is true, this is utterly disgusting.  Mo’Nique gave one of the most epic performances in film history, and she is one of the most talented comedians out there right now.

    I refuse to believe that the a**holes in Hollywood are so stupid that they deem Mo’s refusal to campaign for her Oscar as disrespect.  How is it that we live in a world where we can have white male actors/directors/etc. do such blatantly insulting things and get away scott free, yet Mo simply doesn’t go to a couple events (also partially because she was WORKING IN ATLANTA ON HER OWN TV SHOW AT THE TIME) and she gets “blackballed”?  If that’s the case, HOW IS DAVID O. RUSSELL STILL WORKING???  Eff that.

      

    It’s an old lesson not to bite the hand that feeds you. It’s one thing not to play the game; it’s another thing to serve attitude instead of showing gratitude.

    Insinuating that she had a bad attitude about the entire thing is a joke.  How in the world was she not grateful?  If anything, she said in her speech that she was grateful that the Academy was wise enough to look past the politics.  She was praising Hollywood at that moment.  Sure, it might have been a sliiiightly back-handed praise, but it was praise, nonetheless.

    The people in power need to get a life.

     

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    Atypical
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    Mo’Nique doesn’t deserve this shit thrown at her, and certainly not after delivering one of the best Oscar wins the supporting actress category has seen in decades. Unfortunate news. Let’s hope things start to turn around for her post-Oscar career with “Bessie.”

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    KyleBailey
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    I’ve been craving for a new movie with Monique in it and been wondering why she wasn’t in basicly anything post Oscars. I think she did a great thing not running a campaign for her Oscar because as she said in her speech “thank you to the Academy for proving that it can be about the performance and not the polotics.” I think that was such a respectable thing to do in a world of running a campaign for an award rather than letting the performance speak for itself. I don’t really picture Monique as Oprah’s part in The Bulter. I think she would have been too young for the role honestly. But it would have been great to see her on Empire. I really hope she can get back in the game after all of this 

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    24Emmy
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    I’ve been craving for a new movie with Monique in it and been wondering why she wasn’t in basicly anything post Oscars. I think she did a great thing not running a campaign for her Oscar because as she said in her speech “thank you to the Academy for proving that it can be about the performance and not the polotics.” I think that was such a respectable thing to do in a world of running a campaign for an award rather than letting the performance speak for itself. I don’t really picture Monique as Oprah’s part in The Bulter. I think she would have been too young for the role honestly. But it would have been great to see her on Empire. I really hope she can get back in the game after all of this 

     

    Empire isn’t going anywhere. She can pop up in a juicy guest role at some point.

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    patmcb
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    To be completely honest, I saw this coming as she gave her speech. What she said was true and politics do interfere all too often at the Academy Awards, but I got this feeling that it would rub people the wrong way. If she had been an established actress with an already long and successful career, it would’ve had no effect (ex: Cate Blanchett’s BRILLIANT Best Actress speech last year about female narratives actually making money). Race is also probably a factor, as well. I think Monique’s speech along with the lack of campaigning sealed her fate, which is ultimately stupid. Winning without campaigning is a real triumph in my opinion. It should be about the performance, not the politices, not the performer’s narrative, and not the subject matter. Simply: the performance at hand is what matters. If only the Academy always felt this way as well, though.

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    jhaddad
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    It’s an old lesson not to bite the hand that feeds you. It’s one thing not to play the game; it’s another thing to serve attitude instead of showing gratitude.

    Monique never “bit the hand that fed her.” In fact I would consider her Oscar speech the opposite of that. And even if she did there are plenty of actesses saying a lot worse getting fourth and fifth chances (I’m looking at you Kathryn Heigl).

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I mean, Lord Almighty, Marlon Brando hired a white woman to pretend like she was Native American to go to the Oscars and make a speech about how Hollywood was racist… and yet producers don’t wanna hire Mo’Nique just because she didn’t feel like shaving her legs for the Golden Globes?  

    Go home, Hollywood.  You’re drunk. 

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    Am I the only one who liked Monique in “Domino”? Those nails… :

    About the issue. You don’t need to campaign. You just need to support your film. You can do the campaigning in your way, acknowledging not yourself, but the film and the creative partnerships. Even if I prefered Marion Cotillard’s performance in “Nine”, Monique deserved that Oscar, but she really needed to show some kind of support to her own film.

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    Berlin2002
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    And yet that Woody Allen person never campaigns, never shows up, not even a doggone Thank You note.
    Mo’nique does not deserve the cold shoulder. The woman can act circles around the großly overrated Oprah,
    obnoxious Jada Pinkett Smith, straight out of Hanna Barbara casting Octavia Spencer and the all the rage/ du jour
    Taraji P. Henson & Viola Davis.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    Am I the only one who liked Monique in “Domino”? Those nails… :

    About the issue. You don’t need to campaign. You just need to support your film. You can do the campaigning in your way, acknowledging not yourself, but the film and the creative partnerships. Even if I prefered Marion Cotillard’s performance in “Nine”, Monique deserved that Oscar, but she really needed to show some kind of support to her own film.

    LOL OMG Domino…

    How did Mo’Nique not support her own film?  She did nothing but praise her director, producers, and fellow actors to the high heavens when Precious came out.  She made appearances on talk shows when the film first opened.  If I recall, she was the first person interviewed on Good Morning America (I think?  Maybe it was another morning show.) when she got the nomination.  She went to every major awards show other than the BAFTAs.  She even freaking opened up about her own history of molestation by her brother and used the movie as a platform to spread awareness.  Do you want the woman to tattoo the film’s poster art on her body?    

    Many actors have not only not “campaigned” for an Oscar, but they’ve also spoken out AGAINST campaigning for the Oscar.  And some have spoken out about it in a far more blunt manner than Mo’Nique. Joaquin flat-out said the Oscars were bullshit, and yet he still got nominated that year and gets roles.  So why is Mo’Nique the one getting blackballed? 

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