Everyone knew Mo’Nique was going to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Precious in 2010; hell, the promise of a Mo’Nique acceptance speech was 85% of the reason I even tuned in. Which really makes you wonder: where the hell has she been since? Her post-Precious credits include Steppin: The Movie, which went straight to DVD, and three movies that haven’t been released yet. So what gives?
Mo’Nique explained it in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Well, mostly she was just her charming, candid self, but she also addressed the career thing.
You know, I received a lot of criticism [around the 2010 awards season] because people felt like I wasn’t campaigning. Remember that? (Laughs.)
The things people were writing and saying, it was mind-blowing. But what I was saying was, “You want me to campaign for an award — and I say this with all the humility in the world — but you want me to campaign for an award that I didn’t ask for.” So when I’m in Utah at the Sundance Festival, and an Asian brother comes up to me and breaks down in my arms, and says, “Mo’Nique, I am Mary Jones,” do you know that’s the biggest award you could receive? It had nothing to do with a trophy. If people want to say I didn’t campaign because I took my family first? I’ll accept that.
But you proved that you don’t need to campaign. You won.
The members of the Academy proved it. They said, “You know what? We’re going to judge the performance, not how many parties she can come to.” […]
How has the Oscar changed your life? Has it?
I get asked that question a lot: How did the Oscar change my life? What it did was that it gave me a new reality. And it let me know that an award wasn’t going to change my life — that I had to be in control of changing my life. I’ll ask you: How do you think the Oscar was supposed to change my life?