Dressed in a ruched royal blue gown with a delicate white gardenia adorning her upswept tresses, actress/comedienne Mo’Nique embodied old-school glamour at the 2010 Oscars. As she accepted her award for best supporting actress in Precious, the Baltimore County, Md. native thanked her husband and co-workers for their support and later revealed that her decision to wear a striking blue dress was no fluke.

“The reason why I have on this royal blue dress is because it’s the color that Hattie McDaniel wore in 1940 when she accepted her Oscar,” the entertainer said in a post-Oscar press interview. “The reason why I have this gardenia in my hair, it is the flower that Hattie McDaniel wore when she accepted her Oscar. So for you, Miss Hattie McDaniel; I feel you all over me.”

Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar, was often criticized for her role as the servile, passive “Mammy” in Gone With the Wind. In an interview with fellow comedian and radio host Steve Harvey, Mo’Nique said she’d purchased the rights to McDaniel’s life story, but did not discuss any future projects related to the actress.

Unlike McDaniel’s difficult road to success, Mo’Nique gained instant popularity with audiences in the now-defunct hit UPN series “The Parkers.” In addition, she was the first female to host the infamous “Showtime at the Apollo,” authored a New York Time’s best seller, Skinny Women Are Evil and garnered producer credits for America’s first full-figured beauty pageant and VH1’s reality show “Charm School.”

For the sassy, voluptuous entertainer dubbed the “Queen of Comedy,” success is a state of mind, and her road to stardom began during her days as a student at Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore and with the opening of her self-named club in the ‘90s.

“I was successful when I had Mo’Nique’s. I was successful before Mo’Nique’s. Baby, I was successful in the 12th grade walking down the hall in my pumps with my briefcase,” she told the AFRO in a previous interview.

The actress, who also hosts a late night talk show on BET, said next to family her hometown is partly responsible for where she is today. “Baltimore was good to me,” said Mo’Nique, who briefly attended Morgan State University. “It’s like ya’ll let me know…When ya’ll would come out to that club and pack it out, ya’ll would say, ‘Girl, we know you’re going to go far.’”

And while winning an Oscar marks a pinnacle in Mo’Nique’s career, she refuses to be bogged down by fears about the future.

“I’m just really working on tomorrow,” she said. “If I can just get to it, because my days are so full of excitement, I don’t want to worry about next year. If God just gives me tomorrow, I’m happy.”