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.’”
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.
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.