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Mo'Nique responds (kind of) to criticism at the Critics' Choice Awards

January 15, 2010 | 10:18 pm

Moments after she won best supporting actress at the Critics' Choice Awards, I asked Mo'Nique back in the press room to respond to criticism about her failing to show up at the Toronto Film Festival, New York Film Festival and New York Film Critics Awards to support "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." Instead of answering the question, she deferred to her husband, who is also her manager, to respond on her behalf. He gave me the blah-blah-blah answer about her being a busy mom and talk-show host, then asked me if he'd answered the question.

I was tempted to say "No," and pursue the point further. In the case of the New York Film Festival, for example, Mo'Nique had promised to attend, then suddenly backed out. When she said she couldn't attend the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, her "Precious" director Lee Daniels promised to accept on her behalf, but then he backed out. (Read more about the controversy here and here.) Presentation of the trophy was handled clumsily during the ceremony. But I decided not to follow up and mention all this to Mo'Nique's husband at the Critics' Choice Awards, didn't want to sour her victory. Enough is enough.


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