Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mo'Nique Wins big at Sundance, Could an Oscar be next?

Hey Fam!

Mo'Nique is doing her thing BIG time!! Lee Daniels' "Push" is getting all sorts of crazy reviews, and Mo' took the "Special Jury Prize for Acting" at The Sundance Film Festival and now her folks are whispering "Oscar" & "Mo'Nique" in the same voice....

Could there be an Oscar in my girl's future? Check the story below....

From Filmstew.com:

Many Mo’ Awards in Her Future

Having warmed up as a dramatic actress with her portrayal of Precious in Lee Daniels’ little seen 2005 film Shadowboxer, Mo’Nique has hit the jackpot with her performance as the mother of another Precious in the filmmaker’s latest effort, Push.
Monday, January 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM

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Smiled upon by Sundance
At the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, the Jury bestowed a rare Special Jury Prize for Acting on Amy Adams for her wondrous performance in Junebug. The now bonafide star went on that year to garner a Spirit Award, an Academy Award nomination, a SAG Award nod and many other prizes for her portrayal of pregnant, childlike Southern belle Ashley Johnsten. This year, awards season history looks set to repeat itself in the wake of the similar Park City triumph of Mo’Nique, a 41-year-old Maryland born comedienne who has starred in such films as Beerfest and Phat Girlz, and whose role on the 1999-2004 UPN sitcom The Parkers brought her multiple Best Actress Image Awards. As the monstrous mother of an illiterate Harlem 16-year-old girl (Gouberry Sibide) in Push, Lee Daniels' wrenching drama adapted from the poet Sapphire's novel, Mo’Nique bowled over attendees in a film that very few people had pegged as a festival entry to watch. In addition to Mo’Nique’s Special Jury Prize for Acting, the film also took home the U.S. Dramatic Jury prize and the U.S. Audience Award. In his January 22nd review for Box Office Magazine, Ray Greene spoke for many when he wrote that “the almost certain 2009 Oscar nom belongs to Mo'Nique, whose alternately horrifying and devastating performance humanizes a monster. The last ten minutes of Push are devoted to a revelatory confrontation between mother and daughter, and Mo'Nique's bravura transformation, from opportunistic schemer to shattered woman unable to face an unlivable truth, is so unerring it literally makes the viewer gasp. “ Many will also draw comparisons between Mo’Nique’s trophy run and that of Jennifer Hudson who, the year after Adams’ rise, won every award in sight – including the Oscar - for her overpowering turn in Dreamgirls. But the added element in the case of Push is that Mo’Nique as Mary takes the contrarian view vis-a-vis today’s legions of weight-obsessed skinny girls, thereby touching on a hot button issue that is sure to be discussed at great length by those who see the movie, which at press time had yet to be picked up.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel by Sapphire and I can't wait to see this movie! Congratulations Chica! We're rooting for you!

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