The biggest moment of actress Mo’Nique’s career could happen at the Academy Awards on March 7, as she is among the nominees for Best Supporting Actress.
The Baltimore, Md. native currently hosts “The Monique Show” on BET and is best known for her comedic roles in films such as “Soul Plane,” “Phat Girlz” and “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins” in addition to television shows such as “The Parkers.”
“Precious” was her first step into drama and film. Leading actress Gabourey Sidibe, and Mo’Nique’s performance in the film have been critically acclaimed. All have been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress respectively.
For Mo’Nique, whose real name is Monique Imes, the moment is a bit overwhelming, as she said she never realized that “Precious” would earn the recognition it’s received.
“I’m very honored and grateful that they recognized the performance,” she told MTV. “We didn’t do the project in the feeling of ‘This is going to get us an award.’ We did the project with the feeling of, ‘Oh my god, this will change lives.’ So for this to be happening, it is just—it’s beautiful.”
The actress has already won numerous awards for her role in the film. She was named best supporting actress at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild awards, British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards and the NAACP Image awards.
Each win has given Mo’Nique a chance to promote the movie’s message of providing support for women facing abuse.
“With the campaigning, we were very much behind the movie,” she said. “The message of this movie is so strong that it changed lives. That’s what we were supportive of, that’s what we wanted to get out there.”
She reiterated that position during her Golden Globes’ acceptance speech. During the speech, she honored the struggle of abused women.
“I celebrate this award with all the Preciouses, with all the Marys,” she said. “I celebrate this award with every person that’s ever been touched. It’s now time to tell and it’s okay.”