Mo'Nique wins the best supporting actress Academy Award for her role as a frightfully abusive mother in "Precious", directed by the openly gay Lee Daniels. The actress and comedienne, who hosts The Mo'Nique Show on BET, had been considered the front-runner and racked up supporting actress wins at the Golden Globes, Spirit Awards and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, among many others.
Mo'Nique becomes the fifth black woman to win an acting Oscar tonight, some 70 years after Hattie McDaniel became the first to do so for "Gone with the Wind." Mo'Nique's electric blue dress was the same color as McDaniel's evening gown when she won for GWTW. "I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all she had to so that I would not have to," Mo'Nique said in accepting the Oscar
In one of the first big surprises of the evening, Geoffrey Fletcher just won the best adapted screenplay Oscar for "Precious", becoming the first black to do so and beating expected winners Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for "Up in the Air." Mo'Nique's performance as Mary Jones was riveting. Watch her acceptance speech WHEN YOU JUMP.