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Gold Derby nuggets: Mo'Nique admits she wanted those Benjamins | Oscarcast won't be a dance-a-thon

February 28, 2010 |  2:48 pm

Mo'Nique has confirmed reports that she refused to Oscar campaign for "Precious" because she wouldn't be paid for it. In an interview with the Associated Press, she recounts what she told Mo'Nique Academy Awards Oscars news studio execs when asked to promote the film for free, "OK, baby. Well, then, that's not something we can do." Adding to the reporter, "Because, when I leave out, why ever would I go do something for free when I can go and do something and bring money back home to my family?" Earlier this derby season, after Mo'Nique snubbed the Toronto and New York film festivals, a source told the New York Daily News, "Mo'Nique said she signed on to do this film for a small amount of money. She said she didn't care about 'no Oscar' — all that mattered was 'those Benjamins!' Because Oprah and Tyler Perry are backing the film, she feels as though there should be a budget to pay for her promotional duties." Oscar campaigners for "Precious" dismissed the report as untrue. AP

• The Associated Press picked up on "The Hurt Locker" e-mail scandal broken by The Envelope's Pete Hammond. Its report quotes an academy member on the producer who's shattered academy rules. "If 'The Hurt Locker' doesn't win best picture, I wouldn't want to be that guy. They'll be pointing at him." AP

• Oscarcast producer Bill Mechanic tells Sharon Waxman that the ceremony will be "mobile," "emotional," but not packed with dance numbers, which is surprising since coproducer is Adam Shankman (director of "Hairspray" and "Step Up," TV judge on "So You Think You Can Dance"). Mechanic says, "There will be a 'couple' of musical numbers, but nothing like the show-stopper last year that had Beyonce and Hugh Jackman in full Moulin Rouge regalia." THE WRAP


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Photo: "Precious" (Lionsgate)

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I'm not gonna use the R-word, but this is definitely anti-Mo'Nique spin. Fact is, there's no reason for her to stop her talk show OR comedy tour--and thus lose money--to chase down an Oscar, especially when she's had the Oscar in the bag for months and doesn't need to campaign. If anything, more people are watching her talk show and will buy tickets for her comedy tour because of her Oscar buzz.

Geez, here we freakin' go again! Mo'Nique doesn't have the luxury to go out of her way, flying back and forth, and tirelessly promote a film like Sandra Bullock, for instance, can afford to do. She has to concentrate on new work that will keep money coming in for her family. Promoting a finished project for which she has no profit points will NOT pay the bills. Family comes first. I so hope she wins the Oscar so that afterwards she can tell some of these racist, meddling journalists to kiss her ass.

The headline = YUCK. It sounds condescending and dare I say, racist? Ghetto woman playing ghetto mother wants "those benjamins." By the way, I went to the Associated Press site and searched for the article on Mo' Nique and didn't find anything. Since the ballots are due to be in until tomorrow, either Mo' Nique is quite the self-saboteur or the Times has something personal against her - this is not your first questionable headline regarding her though the others seemed personal and not like this one.

No, what she is saying is that she can not go out of her way to go to festivals and not be paid. She would have had to stop her work to come. She did do what she could. Notice all of the awards and festivals she did attend were on weekends. That is the only time she had to the oppurtunity to "campaign." She was not paid to attend the PGA awards or the LAFCA awards banquet.Those are two untelevised awards that no one ever mentions that she attended. She had a fee. That's not abnormal for Hollywood, you know? Especially when they have to cancel other work.



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