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Mo'Nique is finally having her moment. "I'm a kid in the midst of my dream," the actress-comedian (best known for her work on the sitcom The Parkers) says of her big year, in which she not only launched her own late-night talk show on BET but is getting critical praise—and Oscar buzz—for her portrayal of an abusive mother in the film Precious. "In your dream you can be anything you want to be. There's no limit." Although Mo'Nique, 42, admits it would be "premature and a little vain" to start thinking of designer gowns and "thank you" speeches, even if she doesn't end up clutching a gold statuette, she's still having the time of her life. "Does it get any better? I'm having fun!" she says. "My life is a whirlwind, baby!"