10:40 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 03/05/2010 01:35PM
Though Gabourey Sidibe has said she's planning to bring her mom as her date to the 2010 Academy Awards, there is another person who'd definitely love to be by the Precious Best Actress nominee's side as she steps on to the red carpet.
"Oprah called me and was like, 'Hey girl, do you want to ride together?' " the 26-year-old Oscar contender told PEOPLE at Thursday's third annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.
"I was like, 'I got it Oprah, calm down. I don't want to show up with you. People will think we're too cool."
Originally posted 02/16/2010 03:00PM
For Gabourey Sidibe, it's not Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin co-hosting the Oscars. It's Navin R. Johnson and Jack Donaghy.
Being new to the movie business, Sidibe, 26, a Best Actress nominee for Precious, knows most actors through their movie and TV characters – and is especially excited to see Martin, having been a big fan of the 1979 vehicle that launched his movie career, The Jerk.
"My mom has a crush on Steve Martin, and we used to watch The Jerk pretty much every day. And so I'm really excited that this show will be hosted by Jack Donaghy [Baldwin's 30 Rock character] and the Jerk," Sidibe said Monday at the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in L.A.
Originally posted 02/12/2010 01:55PM
With a hit movie and an Oscar nomination for Precious under her belt, Gabourey Sidibe's dreams are coming true. But there's one thing she hasn't gotten: Her dream date.
Sidibe had previously sent out a half-joking public plea to Justin Timberlake to be her escort at the Academy Awards on March 7.
"I want to make Justin Timberlake and [The Hurt Locker actor] Anthony Mackie fight it out for the honor of being my date," Sidibe told the Canadian entertainment TV show eTalk. "I'm just going to throw them in the ring and make them do it!"
But apparently the throw-down didn't happen. Instead, Sidibe will be accompanied by someone even more special to the actress. "I'm bringing my mom," she told PEOPLE Thursday at Eve Ensler's annual V-Day luncheon to raise awareness about violence against women.
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