Mo’Nique said in a interview that it wasn’t Hollywood that blackballed her; it was Lee Daniels. Mo’Nique went on to say that Daniels, is upset at her, because she didn’t mention his name the night she won the Academy Award.
Here’s what Mo’Nique said:
“People were saying, ‘Someone needs to teach Mo’Nique a lesson because she’s not playing the game, and she’s gonna get in her own way of winning this award, because it seems like she’s choosing her family over Hollywood.’ I don’t think Hollywood has turned his nose up to me. I think that those are feelings that Mr. Daniels is having.
Lee said, ‘You know, there were things that Mo’Nique — she didn’t thank the producers and she didn’t thank the studio, and that’s just not things that you do.’ Well, it had nothing to do with the producers, nor the studio. Mr. Daniels had a problem that I didn’t say his name the night of the Oscar awards.
I appreciate that comment because he’s absolutely right — it is show business. A game does have to be played. But why can’t we play the fair game? Why can’t we play the right game? If you’re asking, am I willing to put my integrity on the line for Hollywood? No.”