EXCLUSIVE: Oscar Nominee's Mom Weighs In On Vanity Fair Controversy

Feb. 18 2010, Published 4:02 a.m. ET

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Alice Tan Ridley the subway singing mother of Precious star Gabourey Sidibe told exclusively that her Oscar nominated daughter deserved to be on the cover of Vanity Fair’s 2010 Young Hollywood Edition.

Many observers felt that it was surprising that Sidibe – who is up for Best Actress– was omitted from the cover that featured starlets like Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish, Amanda Seyfried and Anna Kendrick. Although Sidibe was featured inside the magazine, she has admitted that she wondered about her exclusion from the cover.

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Alice, who is a former singing teacher and Department Of Education teacher’s aide has been wowing commuters for 18 years with her captivating vocals. Though she performs in some of New York’s busiest subway stations she has also traveled to Chile, Argentina, and Germany because of her amazing voice.

But on March 7 she will get her biggest thrill when she accompanies her daughter to the Academy Awards. Alice had tried out for the role of Precious' mother and had prodded her daughter to try out for the lead role.

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“I am really looking forward to it and hopefully Gabourey will win!" she said about the upcoming awards show.

“I can’t wait to see my daughter in her element and walking down the red carpet because I am so proud of her."

While she has already met George Clooney, Alice has another Hollywood fixture in her sights: "The one person I would like to meet most of all is Quentin Tarantino because I love his movies."

For the big night, she has yet to decide on her wardrobe. “I haven’t picked a dress yet but Gabby is in Paris right now, so, maybe she will find me something nice to wear.

“We usually shop together for clothes when we are together and I want to look my best."



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