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As we ready ourselves for the 87th Academy Awards this weekend we’re finding out more disconcerting details surrounding the award show. Yesterday we learned more about the white males who dominate the voting process, and today we discovered Mo’Nique has been blackballed by Hollywood ever since she won Best Supporting Actress for Precious in 2009.

In an essay for THR seen by E! News the actress discussed finding out months ago she was blackballed. She had been offered roles in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and upcoming Richard Pryor biopic only to lose them further along in the process.

“I got a phone call from Lee Daniels,” Mo’Nique wrote. “And he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.’ I said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game.'”

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