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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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