Is Samuel L. Jackson A Hater?
Much applause and congratulations are in order for actress, comedian, talk show host and now Academy Award winner, Mo’Nique for her supporting role in the film, Precious. But some might disagree with the praise the actress is due.
Mo’Nique joins the likes of Hattie McDaniel, the first Black woman to win an Academy Award, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jennifer Hudson; making her the fourth Black woman in the Academy’s 82-year-old history to be bestowed the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Halle Berry is the first and only Black woman to receive an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her role in 2001’s Monster’s Ball.
After a heartfelt acceptance speech, where she rightfully thanked the late Hattie McDaniel, Oprah, Tyler Perry, the entire cast of Precious (which includes the young starlet Gabourey Sidibe, historically the youngest Black actress to be nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role), the crowd excitedly applauded-many appearing happy for the actress.
But a camera panned upon actor, Samuel L. Jackson displaying what appeared to be a very displeased facial expression. Some might say he was giving Mo’Nique the side eye, others would even say the actor was rolling his eyes at the actress and her win.
Is Samuel L. Jackson a hater? You be the judge.
Check out Mo’Nique’s acceptance speech and Jackson’s bizarre expression at the 1:48 mark here: