L-R: Director Lee Daniels, Mo'Nique, Gabourey and Paula Patton
Actress and comedian Mo’Nique continued an award-winning streak, adding an NAACP Image Award to a list of recently received accolades for her ferocious performance in "Precious".
The 43-year old Baltimore native who has successfully transitioned between stand-up comedy and acting, with roles in films that include, “Baby Boy,” “Two Can Play That Game”, “Half Past Dead,” “Shadowboxer “ and “Domino” also won the Outstanding Talk Series award for her talk show on BET.
The cast of “Precious” also received accolades including a Best Actress award for main star Gabourey Sidibe, an Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture accolade for Geoffrey Fletcher and a Best Director award for director Lee Daniels. In an emotional televised speech, which exceeded the allotted 45 seconds, Daniels invited fellow power house director Tyler Perry to share the stage and thanked “Precious” producers Sarah Siegel-Magness and husband Gary for believing in him.
“These two people came in when every studio and everybody on Wall Street despite my success on other films told me no. I want to thank them for believing in me and making sure my decision was executed to the fullest,” said Daniels.
With performances by artists Wyclef Jean, John Legend and Jill Scott, awards in other categories went to Delroy Lindo, Keri Hilson and Maxwell. Lindo received an accolade for his role on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,'' Hilson was named outstanding new artist whilst Maxwell won for best male artist.
Hosted by Anika Noni Rose and Hill Harper, event sponsors for the 41st NAACP Image Awards (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) included FedEx, Pepsi, AT&T, Sprint and American Airline.