Lionsgate is girding itself for a long haul to the Oscars. They have accomplished a great deal: a movie with tough subject matter about familial abuse, starring an all African-American cast, has become a must-see. And I will argue that although I have encountered folks who are resistant to watching the movie, most Academy members (who mostly lean Liberal) will check it out. (The Carpetbagger rolls out some of the film’s problems.)
But Lionsgate has another issue: supporting actress contender Mo’Nique is a piece of work. While she aced her appearance on Oprah, she revealed her own bias against promoting herself on her own BET show when veteran Oscar campaigners Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson offered serious Oscar advice.
“Don’t y’all bring your asses to my front door!” she cries when Howard tells her what’s going to happen on nominations morning. “I’m trying to understand this,” she continues later. “The performance is on the screen, at what point are they trying to prove something?”
“Your fans here are not necessarily members of the Academy,” explains Howard. Competitive juices kick in, says Henson: “You want to win!” I sympathize with Mo’Nique, who is confronting the difference between what should be, and what is.