"I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics," she said with emotion...To my amazing husband, Sidney -- thank you for showing me that sometimes you have to forego doing what's popular, in order to do what's right."
Dressed in royal blue with a gardenia in her hair-- a visual tribute to Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American woman to win an Oscar, Mo'Nique accepted her first Academy Award before a standing ovation. She is the fifth African-American actress to win the coveted award.
"Precious" also earned screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher a distinctive place in entertainment history. His adaptation of Sapphire's emotional novel earned him the coveted golden statue and made him the first African-American to win in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.