As an overwhelmed Mo’Nique made her to way to accept the second Golden Globe award of the night for Best Supporting Actress, the beautifully dressed Precious star made one thing clear – her hard work was not in vain. Through tears she softy but poignantly remarked, “When I tell you all I am in the midst of my dream and when I look into the eyes of the man I stood next to at 14 years old and I said to him, ‘One day we’re going to be stars, and he said, ‘You first.’” She went on to share her award with victims of abuse all around the world. “I celebrate this award with all the Preciouses, with all the Marys — I celebrate this award with every person that’s ever been touched,” she said. “It’s now time to tell. And it’s okay.”
Audiences were left inspired, enchanted, but most of all, expectant. This award is significant. It marks the first of what an entire Black community is hoping will be a trio of award show gems – Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and the highly coveted Oscar. A Black actress’ road to the Academy Awards is unlike any other. Like past recipients Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson and the Oscar nominated Taraji P. Henson, these memorable Oscar wins and noms are not the golden seal of “good work,” (it’s good anyway) but rather the acknowledgement that our often underrepresented screen gems deserve.
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