Mo’Nique: I was ‘blackballed’ by Hollywood after Oscar win for not ‘playing the game’

monique-wins-golden-globe-for-role-in-preciousMo’Nique won an Academy Award in 2010 — and has only made one film since.

According to the actress, Hollywood hasn’t come calling because she didn’t actively campaign for the Oscar she won for her supporting role in “Precious.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the movie star opened up about her post-Oscars career while discussing the 75th anniversary of Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar win for “Gone With the Wind” in 1940, making her the first African-American to win the award in Academy history.

Mo’Nique received criticism for refusing to take part in the usual Hollywood schmoozing that comes with being in contention during awards seasons.

“You want me to campaign for an award – and I say this with all the humility in the world – but you want me to campaign for an award that I didn’t ask for,” the star noted with disbelief.

Despite not campaigning for the award, Mo’Nique still won the Oscar for her “Precious” role. But when asked how it had changed her life, she said that it hadn’t at all, sadly mirroring McDaniels’ career trajectory.

“What I understood was that when I won that Oscar, things would change in all the ways you’re saying: it should come with more respect, more choices and more money,” Mo’Nique said.

“It should, and it normally does. Hattie said, ‘After I won that award, it was as if I had done something wrong.’ It was the same with me.”

The 47-year-old star said “Precious” director Lee Daniels recently told her she had been “blackballed” by the industry because she didn’t “play the game.”

Mo’Nique revealed that Daniels had offered her roles in his TV show “Empire” and movies “The Butler” and an upcoming Richard Pryor biopic, but then they were “taken off the table.”

“They all went away,” she added. “But that’s just part of the business, you know? I can’t be upset at anybody, ’cause life is too good. It’s just what it is.”

For his part, Daniels told THR that “Mo’Nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through ‘Precious’ were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community.”

“I consider her a friend,” he added. “However, the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles.”

But Mo’Nique isn’t waiting for Hollywood to come calling. She and her husband “went the independent route” with their film, “Blackbird.” After debuting at a film festival last year, the drama will be released in theaters April 24.


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