Comedian turned TV talk show host Mo'Nique became only the fourth black woman in history to win a coveted Oscar award last night during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held in Hollywood. The other 3 actresses to win Academy awards are Hattie McDaniel (the first black male or female to win an Oscar), Whoopi Goldberg, Halle Berry and Jennifer Hudson.
Mo'Nique, who won for her searing dramatic portrayal of an abusive welfare mother in 'Precious', also became the first stand up comedienne to win an Oscar. After a rumored falling out with down low director Lee Daniels, Mo'Nique, 42, refused to help promote the film last year leading to speculation that she wanted to be paid to promote the film along with co-stars Gabourey Sidibe and Mariah Carey.
Some say it may have been Daniels diva attitude and egomania that cost him the Oscar. Backstage at the Indie Awards on Friday, Daniels said, "We've won already," when asked about his Oscar chances.
Mo'Nique's deliberate omission of Daniels' name in her acceptance speech drew this side eye glance from veteran actor Samuel Jackson which lit up Twitter.com last night and became a trending topic.
Sadly, Sidibe, 26, failed in her bid to become the youngest Oscar winner in the Best Actress category for her leading role in 'Precious'. It just wasn't her time as she lost to Sandra Bullock who took home the trophy for her heartfelt performance in the tearjerker 'The Blind Side.'
Bullock also won a Razzie for the same performance, and made history by becoming the first actress to win both the Razzie and an Oscar on the same weekend.
Surprisingly, a movie that nobody saw, 'The Hurt Locker' upset 'Avatar' for the Best Picture Oscar. In what will certainly be viewed as a snub to the legendary director, James cameron -- his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, won the Oscar for best director. Cameron, who sat behind Bigelow, said, "Yes, yes" and gave her a standing ovation as she accepted her first ever Oscar.