Mo’Nique and Second ActsPosted: March 8, 2010
“There are no second acts in American lives.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Sunday Monique Imes-Jackson, aka Mo’Nique, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the film, Precious. Her acceptance speech was the only part of the Academy Awards I watched, and only because my mom was clapping loudly from downstairs when she won.
I knew Mo’Nique had been nominated, that Precious by-and-large had been lauded, and that she was the front-runner; still, seeing Mo’Nique receiving her Oscar was inspiring. More than a decade ago, when I first saw her on Moesha, and then the spin-off, The Parkers, Oscar winner was the last thing that would’ve come to mind. Yet there she was Sunday.
The lesson for us all (her win being one example) is this: Through drive, talent, or luck (usually a combination of the three), second acts, third, fourth, and so on, ARE possible. As long as you breathe and possess the will a new act CAN be written, and the world can be amazed.
p.s. Mo’Nique, I loved you in Beerfest!