'Push' Sweep Pushes Mo'Nique Closer To Oscar Short List

OK, so for real this time: Much as we loved our festival jaunt (and are keeping its sinus-besieging germs close to us even today), Sundance's awards announcements are our official signal to finally move on.

The honors announced Saturday night most aggressively singled out Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire, the bleakarrific urban drama that claimed the Grand Jury and Audience prizes as well as a special acting honor for Mo'Nique — the film's evil-mother-from-hell who just last week was being asked to prepare her Oscar '09 speech. We could hardly believe it then, but knowing how the Academy has a new favorite farm team in Park City, the reality has sunk in: The plus-size star is one Weinstein endorsement away from an honest-to-God awards trajectory. Make it happen, Harvey.