Gabby Sidibe At The 2010 Oscars
Oscar-nominated actress Gabby Sidibe, 26, attended her first ever Oscar’s thanks in part to her lead actress role in the Lee Daniels-directed, Tyler Perry & Oprah Winfrey-produced film, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire. Oozing with supreme confidence, the Senegalese-American actress wore a royal blue Marchesa gown with silver embellishments at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.
Oprah took to the stage to call Gabby a ‘true American Cinderella.’ That statement caused Gabby to burst out in tears as the legendary media tycoon sang her praises. Check out Afrobella for the full quote!
Gabby on her Marchesa Oscar’s look: If fashion was porn this dress would b the money shot! [TMZ]
I especially love how the Precious cast members (Mariah Carey and Mo’Nique) and key players (Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels) all wore blue to the Oscars. Is it a direct nod to writer Sapphire who wrote Push - the very book Precious is based off on? Sapphire in the literary sense is blue. Got it? Get it?
Congrats to fellow Precious actress Mo’Nique for winning her first Oscar! (Was anyone else happy for her win?) She won for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture for her role as an abusive mother and she also made history by being the fifth black woman to win the coveted award! Mo’Nique now joins the elite previous Oscar-winning black actresses who are Hattie McDaniel, Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, and Whoopi Goldberg.
“I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all she had to so that I would not have to. I am a standup comedian who won an Oscar. Oh, baby, that tickled me. For you Miss Hattie McDaniel. I feel you all over me and it’s about time that the world feels you all over them.” – highlight of Mo’Nique’s Oscar acceptance speech.
Random thoughts: Can the Oscars shout-out a positive image (re: non-stereotypical) of black women in film? Can the snubbing stop for once? What about Sophie Okonedo’s role as Mrs. Mandela, Thandie Newton as Condi Rice?, Halle Bery as Dorothy Dandridge?, Angela Bassett as Tina Turner, or Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tianna, Sanaa Lathan for Something New, or Nia Long for The Best Man, Jill Scott for Why Did I Get Married?, Kerry Washington in She Hate Me? or [you fill in the blank]. Congrats to Geoffrey Fletcher for making history as the black man to win a Oscar for best screenplay!