Margaret Eby
Updated Feb 19, 2015 @ 12:48 pm

During Oscar season in 2010, Mo’Nique was the belle of the ball, thanks to her star turn in Lee Daniels’ Precious, a gut-wrenching performance that earned her an Academy Award for best supporting actress.

But you know, we’ve been missing Mo’Nique lately. And it’s funny, most actresses who walk away with that golden statuette seem to get more offers from Hollywood, not fewer. In a candid interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the actress has revealed why she believes she’s been sidelined, or rather, “blackballed” in her career.

“But I got a phone call from Lee Daniels,” Mo’Nique told The Hollywood Reporter. “And he said, ‘Mo’Nique you’ve been blackballed.’ I said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game. And I said, ‘Well, what game is that?’ And he gave me no response.”

According to Mo’Nique, Hollywood wasn’t fond of her approach to the awards, in which she famously didn’t campaign at all for her Oscar. In a town like Los Angeles, that’s a big deal, and some of the community may have taken it as a slight. “But what I was saying was, ‘You want me to campaign for an award — and I say this with all the humility in the world — but you want me to campaign for an award that I didn’t ask for,'”” she said.

During her acceptance speech she basically called out the Hollywood game when she thanked the Academy “for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics.”

“There have been people that have said, ‘Mo’Nique, she can be difficult. Mo’Nique and her husband can be difficult.’ They could probably be right,” the actress continued. “Whoever those people are who say, ‘Mo’Nique is difficult,’ those people are either heartless, ruthless or treat people like they’re worthless. And that’s unacceptable.”

Lee Daniels seems to agree that Mo’Nique has been given a tough rap, but that’s kind of the way it goes in H-town. In a statement to THR, he wrote about why he hadn’t worked with her again during his other projects:

We’ll just say this: We miss you, Mo’Nique.

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