Friedman tries to get Mo’Nique backlash under way

Posted by · 1:10 pm · October 1st, 2009

Mo'Nique in PreciousWell, this is unpleasant. I don’t know whether gossipmonger Roger Friedman has it in for presumed Best Supporting Actress frontrunner Mo’Nique or not, but this attack on her professional behavior in regard to publicizing “Precious” strikes me as distinctly unnecessary.

According to Friedman, the actress has been cagey about doing press for the film, not appearing at the Cannes, Toronto or New York festival premieres of the film — apparently due other professional commitments. Friedman isn’t impressed:

I did tell you that Mo’Nique has gotten herself a reputation for demanding money for showing up to promote “Precious.” It’s a first in Oscar history.

Last week I spoke to one of her representatives, who said, “It’s just supporting actress. It’s not lead, is it?” What the heck! It would be nice if someone close to Mo’Nique will explain her behavior soon. Otherwise, her “cinch” Oscar is about to fade away. “Precious” will go on and be just fine without Mo’Nique.

Seriously, true or not, who cares? The performance is what counts, and I have yet to hear anyone suggest she isn’t deserving. This recalls nothing so much as Tom O’Neil’s bizarre attempt to derail Melissa Leo’s Oscar campaign last year with skewed reports of on-set tantrums. Didn’t work then. Won’t work now.

Friedman then rather dubiously goes on to lobby for Mariah Carey’s “extraordinary” performance instead. Sure, Carey’s work has been surprisingly well-received, but we’re talking different stratospheres of critical praise here. (Anyway, thanks to Vulture for pointing out the value of that particular endorsement.)




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  • 1 10-01-2009 at 1:13 pm

    Nick Plowman said...

    How insanely lame of Friedman. Anywho, can’t wait to see ‘Precious’, loved the book.

  • 2 10-01-2009 at 1:18 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Nice to hear from you again, Nick. Was wondering where you’d got to. (Matric, I guess ;)

  • 3 10-01-2009 at 1:52 pm

    Marlowe said...

    The “I hate this year’s fantastic, long-odds indie success just because” machine is nothing if not efficient. At this rate, they’ll be telling us how much next year’s sucks by the time of this year’s Oscars.

  • 4 10-01-2009 at 2:04 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Oh, next year’s definitely sucks.

  • 5 10-01-2009 at 2:19 pm

    Casey Fiore said...

    Kris, the performance is what should count but it’s not as far as voting. Im not saying anything in regards to Mo’Nique specifically but if this non-news is true perhaps she is alienating the voters

  • 6 10-01-2009 at 3:47 pm

    KB said...

    Oh please. If the Academy could award Polanski in ’02, they can/will award Mo’Nique.

  • 7 10-01-2009 at 4:05 pm

    lovespike said...

    I kind of expected this attempted chipping away at Precious’ luster. Who cares what mo is doing. She may have various other commitments she must fulfill, one of them being the new talk show she has on bet. mo is one of my favorite commediennes ever. She has a great heart and has done great things for womens’ self-esteem, prison outreach, and more recently health issues for big women. Although most think all of her previous movie roles were a disaster(i disagree), she is an inspiration for people who have been through struggle i hope she wins the oscar.

  • 8 10-01-2009 at 5:46 pm

    Harry said...

    Shut up friedman

  • 9 10-01-2009 at 8:34 pm

    Mo' Love all Around said...

    The Hollywood whisper campaigns are lame. If she doesn’t want to do press, then who cares? She’s done with the movie and the people involved in it should just move on and stop slamming her. The acting will speak for itself (or not).

    How about Academy voters actually picking what is good rather than what has the biggest press junket, anyway? Wow, profound idea!

  • 10 10-02-2009 at 5:04 am

    Glenn said...

    Maybe she just doesn’t wanna wear out her welcome like so many others do during awards season (ahem, Jamie Foxx)

  • 11 10-02-2009 at 7:06 am

    Joe said...

    Sorry, I don’t know much about this controversy or Roger Friedman’s beef with Monique. But it seems very genuine; he’s not attacking the movie at all, and he seems to like it (he even thinks Mariah Carey will get a Supporting Actress nomination). If Monique is behaving very spoiled, treating her talk show as more important (heck, even Oprah is taking time away from her show to promote), maybe there’s some truth to it.

  • 12 10-02-2009 at 8:38 am

    Jamieson said...

    Even if she is “behaving spoiled,” so what? The awards are for the work, period. The performance is the only thing that matters at the end of the day.

  • 13 10-02-2009 at 10:35 am

    head_wizard said...

    I may not be the most excited about this film but how she “acts” off screen should have no merit on her award consideration. as Russel Crowe said “I owe you a good performacne I don’t owe you a good attitiude.”

  • 14 11-03-2009 at 7:26 am

    Yale Tindell said...

    Precious is an Incredible Movie, it’s an amazing piece of filmwork. To say that i was shocked, disgusted and amazed all at the same time is an understatement. Mo’Nique’s market skills do not matter to me. What Matters is the quality of the material, the WHOA factor which the New Lead in the movie has, Mariah Carey has and Mo”Nique has. Yes Mo’Nique may be a Baltimore Hood-Rat but she delievers in this movie. STANDING OVATION for all involved.

  • 15 11-03-2009 at 7:28 am

    Michelle Miller said...

    @ Yale Tindell, i agree with you and i sincerely hope mariah mimi carey gets a award the critics have dogged her out for years its her time to shine

  • 16 11-09-2009 at 4:47 pm

    Yale Tindell said...

    @ Michelle Miller, i agree Mariah Carey is so UNDER-RATED, people forget she writes songs, produces and has that incredible range.

    HOWEVER, people have a love/hate relationship with her, maybe she should stop acting dizzy, and being forever 12, and grow up. Then people would take her more seriously.

    Mo’nique should get the award