Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Killing It Back'Stage

I know we all love Sandra Bullock's speech, and I couldn't agree more. Beautifully played, Sandra. But I just want to say that I love this nearly as much. Mo'Nique just refuses to be endearing in any uncomplicated way, but I adore the shot-calling, especially when she explains why she's doing it. The final Q&A exchange is a sensational kicker. She has every right to say what she says, and I'm so glad she's able to say it from the position she's suddenly/finally in.

But I love it almost as much when she cracks herself up:

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Blogger Guy Lodge said...

I did think that her "performance, not the politics" statement in her speech came out a little too self-admiring, as if implying that in a merit-based vote, she was the only feasible winner. Which is true, Mo'Nique, but REALLY.

5:02 AM, March 09, 2010  
Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

Self-admiration seems to be part of the package with Mo'Nique, absolutely. I apparently feel drawn to actors who, what did Sean say last year?, don't always make it easy. But I felt just as much that she was saying that there's no way she would have won if the voting had been based on politics, which feels even more true to me than the assertion that she's the only imaginable winner in a quality contest (in which case, frankly, I don't think Farmiga is so tremendously far behind).

7:33 AM, March 09, 2010  
Blogger Lev Lewis said...

Wow, she's intense.

11:56 AM, March 09, 2010  
Blogger Catherine said...

I just watched this twice in a row. I love that no question fazes her, she has an answer like THAT!

4:10 PM, March 09, 2010  
Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

i love her more all the time. What is with that Precious crew exactly. They're so damn loveable... even when they're prickly.

and Nick, I absolutely agree with you that both parts of that performance/politics statement are true but the politics more so.

Luckily (for her) -- though i'm sure she'd never acknowledge luck as part of the equation -- she had the performance to back it up... in a year when nobody else had the performance as intense WITH the politics also. you know?

i admire her for giving the finger to "playing the game" but performance instead of politics only wins in very specific circumstances.

they sure as hell aren't consistent about that.

5:38 AM, March 10, 2010  
Blogger Colin Low said...

What's interesting to me here, beyond the satisfaction of her win, is that it seems like she's clearly marking out (now that she's been vindicated, post-voting) that the political angle she could have taken was of her being part of Hattie McDaniel's legacy. And really, though, her understandable admiration of McDaniel notwithstanding, does she want to stress that a key factor in her win was that she was a large black woman showcasing a "large black woman" role, which surely helped McDaniel (and Jennifer Hudson) win their supporting Oscars? Rather baffling to me.

10:38 AM, March 12, 2010  

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