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Armond White forced to give award to Mo’Nique for ‘Precious’

Item: Mo’Nique won Best Supporting Actress at Monday night’s ceremony for the 2009 New York Film Critics Circle awards.

Item: Mo’Nique, who has been infamously snubbing the Oscar campaigning sideshows, did not turn up for the NYFCC ceremony. Neither did anyone else from Precious.

So: NYFCC head honcho Armond White was forced to accept the award on Mo’Nique’s behalf. Sez Roger Friedman, “He said, tersely, ‘The award is hers.’”

This is funny because: Suspected all-Internet troll White has called the film the “con job of the year,” and worse:

Not since The Birth of a Nation has a mainstream movie demeaned the idea of black American life as much as Precious. Full of brazenly racist clichés (Precious steals and eats an entire bucket of fried chicken), it is a sociological horror show. Offering racist hysteria masquerading as social sensitivity, it’s been acclaimed on the international festival circuit that usually disdains movies about black Americans as somehow inartistic and unworthy.

And:

Sidibe and Mo’Nique give two-note performances: dumb and innocent, crazy and evil. Monique’s do-rag doesn’t convey depths within herself, nor does Mariah Carey’s fright wig. Daniels’ cast lacks that uncanny mix of love and threat that makes Next Day Air so August Wilson- authentic.

Tee-hee!

(via Jezebel)



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  • Norm

    I agree with everything Armond wrote about PRECIOUS, troll or not.

    I’d like to see anyone who liked this crap defend the (Precious steals and eats an entire bucket of fried chicken) scene…

  • Knightgee

    I love how people don’t complain about the glut of movies we get about some white person coming in and saving the poor, helpless black person from the ghetto, but the moment we get a movie that isn’t sunshine and happy endings, that doesn’t make us feel better about ourselves rather than complacent, all of a sudden we have people complaining, calling it “misery porn” and “racist” and such. I love how it’s the movie that was funded by black entrepreneurs, made by black people starring a mostly black cast that’s about a black girl managing to pull herself up from her terrible(and for many girls at the time and even now, very real) situation with the help of others minorities that earns the ire and resentments of people, but these same people never have anything to say or don’t raise nearly the same amount of stink about how emasculating movies like Freedom Writers, The Blindside, etc. are to minorities and their ability to succeed on their own. Armond White is a troll and anyone who agrees with him on this review isn’t in much better standing in my opinion.

  • MaryAnn

    I’d like to see anyone who liked this crap defend the (Precious steals and eats an entire bucket of fried chicken) scene…

    She’s hungry and has no money. Or she’s hungry *and* food that her mother doesn’t shove down her throat is quite literally the *only* pleasure she has in life *and* she has no money but *is* desperate for even the very small comfort something tasty will afford her, if only for a moment?

    Just a thought.

  • Norm

    But did it have to be a friggin’ bucket of fried chicken? Why not thrown in some watermelon while they’re at it!

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