Mo'Nique says she was 'blackballed' after winning 'Precious' Oscar, Lee Daniels responds

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Mo'Nique accepts the Oscar for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for “Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire” at the 82nd Academy Awards, Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Mo'Nique wanted to be famous since day one. She talked about her career and what's kept her going. Russell Simmons also joined in to say how proud he was when the “Precious” star won an Oscar.
With presenter Robin Williams, Mo'Nique poses backstage with the Oscar for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for “Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire” at the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) ** EMBARGOED AT THE REQUEST OF THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES FOR USE UPON CONCLUSION OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS TELECAST **
Mo'Nique accepts the Oscar for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for “Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire” at the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Mo'Nique accepts the award for best female actor in a supporting role for "Precious" at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Actress Mo'Nique poses backstage with the award for supporting actress for her work in "Precious" at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
FILE- This Jan. 17, 2010 file photo shows Mo'Nique posing with the best supporting actress award in a motion picture for “Precious” backstage at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Mo'Nique will be on of the presenters at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,File)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14: Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson and husband Sidney Hicks attend the Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival: Opening Night screening of 'Blackbird' at the Egyptian Theatre on March 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
Mo'Nique poses with the best supporting female award for "Precious" backstage at the Independent Spirit Awards on Friday, March 5, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
***EXCLUSIVE*** LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 6: Mo'Nique and Oprah Winfrey during the Mo'Nique Oscar Luncheon presented by MAC Cosmetics and hosted by Shondrella Avery at Philippe Chow on March 6, 2010, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Casey Rodgers / AP Images for MAC Cosmetics)
Actress Mo'Nique is seen after the announcements of the nominations for The 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
***EXCLUSIVE*** LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 6: Mo'Nique and Gabourey Sidibe during the Mo'Nique Oscar Luncheon presented by MAC Cosmetics and hosted by Shondrella Avery at Philippe Chow on March 6, 2010, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Casey Rodgers / AP Images for MAC Cosmetics)
Mo'Nique accepts the award for best supporting female for "Precious based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" at the Independent Spirit Awards on Friday, March 5, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actress Mo'Nique poses backstage with the award for supporting actress for her work in "Precious" at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
***EXCLUSIVE*** LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 6: Mo'Nique and Alfre Woodard during the Mo'Nique Oscar Luncheon presented by MAC Cosmetics and hosted by Shondrella Avery at Philippe Chow on March 6, 2010, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Casey Rodgers / AP Images for MAC Cosmetics)
***EXCLUSIVE*** LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 6: Mo'Nique and Oprah Winfrey during the Mo'Nique Oscar Luncheon presented by MAC Cosmetics and hosted by Shondrella Avery at Philippe Chow on March 6, 2010, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Casey Rodgers / AP Images for MAC Cosmetics)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14: Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson attends the Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival: Opening Night screening of 'Blackbird' at the Egyptian Theatre on March 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
Mo'Nique accepts the award for best supporting female for "Precious based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" at the Independent Spirit Awards on Friday, March 5, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 29: Actress Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson pose backstage at the 2004 Black Entertainment Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on June 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson during 2005 BET Awards - Arrivals at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
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Turns out life after winning an Oscar isn't always rosy.

After winning Best Supporting Actress in 2010 for her critically acclaimed performance as the abusive mother Mary in Lee Daniels' Precious, actress/comedian Mo'Nique says she was "blackballed" from Hollywood.

"I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago. And he said to me, 'Mo'Nique, you've been blackballed,'" the 47-year-old The Parkers star tells The Hollywood Reporter in a candid new interview. "And I said, 'I've been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?' And he said, 'Because you didn't play the game.' And I said, 'Well, what game is that?' And he gave me no response."

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Mo'Nique says some were upset that she didn't "campaign" for her Oscar.

"The things people were writing and saying, it was mind-blowing," she recalls. "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 does, however, acknowledge her "difficult" reputation.

"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," she admits, referencing her husband, actor/producer Sidney Hicks.

Though she later goes on the offensive.

"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," she adds. "They're set to say, 'Mo'Nique is tactless, she's tacky.' That's why I have my beautiful husband, because he's so full of tact, 'cause I'm a girl from Baltimore. I come from a blue-collar town -- and being from that place, you learn not to let anybody take advantage of you. You don't let people mistreat you. You stand up for what's right."

She claims that major roles that were initially offered to her were taken away, mentioning two specific high-profile parts in Daniels' other high-profile projects that both eventually went to Oprah Winfrey.

"Actually, I was offered the role in The Butler that Oprah Winfrey played," she claims. "I was also approached by Empire to be on Empire. And I was also offered the role as Richard Pryor's grandmother in [Daniels' upcoming Pryor biopic]. Each of those things that he offered me was taken off the table. They all just went away. But that's just part of the business, you know? I can't be upset at anybody, 'cause life is too good. It's just what it is."

Daniels has responded to Mo'Nique's bold interview, and he doesn't exactly deny her claims.

"Mo'Nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community," he told THR in a statement. "I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of her for parts that we can collaborate on. However, the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles."

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