Mo'Nique honors actress Hattie McDaniel at Oscars

March 8, 2010 10:18:56 AM PST
Backstage at the Academy Awards, winners get to talk much longer than when they gave their acceptance speeches.Fresh off of her best supporting actress win for her role in Precious, Mo'Nique explained why it was so important to her to reference Hattie McDaniel in her speech.

McDaniel was the first African-American to be nominated and win an Oscar for her role as "Mammy" in Gone With the Wind.

"The reason why I have on this royal blue dress is because it's the color that Hattie McDaniel wore in 1940 when she accepted her Oscar. The reason why I have this gardenia in my hair, it is the flower that Hattie McDaniel wore when she accepted her Oscar. So for you, Miss Hattie McDaniel, I feel you all over me," Mo'Nique said.

Mo'Nique went on to tell a reporter if there were more women with natural figures who don't shave their legs in Hollywood, they would win more Oscars. On the Barbara Walters Special that aired before the Oscars Sunday night, Mo'Nique said she does not shave her legs.