Actress and comedian Mo’Nique took home the first award of the evening at Sunday’s 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Mo’Nique won the award for best supporting actress in a drama for her role as Mary Lee Johnston, an abusive mother in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”
In a moving acceptance speech, Mo’Nique reached out to victims of abuse. “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.”
Mo’Nique’s apparent lack of enthusiasm for her nomination and the Globes had been criticized in recent weeks when she seemed unwilling to campaign for the awards and didn’t show up for some of the movie’s festival screenings and premieres. But after winning the Critics Choice award Friday, her husband, Sidney Hicks, defended his wife.
“She’s the first woman of African-American descent to ever have a late-night TV show, she’s also a comedian,” Hicks said. “In conjunction with that, she’s a mother, she’s also a wife. She hasn’t been good at all of them, but she has been at some… She’d rather portray a bad mother in the movies than actually be one in real life.”
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