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With her best-supporting actress win at last night’s Golden Globe Awards, Mo’Nique has emerged as the solid favorite to win the Oscar. And her tearful and heartfelt acceptance speech dispelled any notion that the Baltimore County-born actress didn’t much care for Hollywood awards.

Mo’Nique earned the Golden Globe for playing Mary Jones, a monstrous, abusive welfare mother with a disarming moment of clarity in the movie “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.” Clearly moved, Mo’Nique, who until the movie was released in November was known more for her stand-up comedy and BET talk show than for her acting chops, received a prolonged ovation from an audience composed largely of her acting peers.

Mo’Nique’s win came over such Hollywood royalty as Penelope Cruz and Julianne Moore, both previous Golden Globe and Oscar nominees. With a handful of year-end awards already on her mantel, including the New York Film Critics and Critics Choice awards, Mo’Nique is clearly the one to beat in this year’s supporting actress Oscar race.

Source: Baltimore Sun

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