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Precious

In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enrol in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Precious, is a 2009 American drama film, directed and co-produced by Lee Daniels.

The film, then without a distributor, premiered to acclaim at both the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, under its original title of Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire. At Sundance, the film won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for best drama, as well as a Special Jury Prize for supporting actress Mo'Nique.

After Precious' screening at Sundance in January 2009, Tyler Perry announced that he and Oprah Winfrey would be providing promotional assistance to the film, which was released through Lionsgate Entertainment. Precious won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Precious was also an official selection at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival (particularly the un certain regard section).

Precious received six nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Daniels, and Best Actress for Sidibe. Mo'Nique won the award for Best Supporting Actress, while Geoffrey Fletcher won for Best Adapted Screenplay, becoming the first African-American to win a screenplay award at the Oscars.

'Precious is an emotional powerhouse, a triumph of bruising humour and bracing hope that deserves its place among the year's best films.' Rolling Stone

'While it may not be perfect on a technical level, dramatically it's a blow-your-socks-off triumph. Be moved. Very, very moved' Empire Magazine

'A film full of life and love, well-meaning and, judging by the reaction in the US, a genuine and important phenomenon that says act - don't dwell - on your dreams.' Time Out

'Impressive performances power a surprisingly lively account of an existence blighted by material and spiritual poverty.' Film 4

'Precious is a big-screen "misery memoir" that is so keen to trace the hellish pathology of familial abuse that it risks glorifying its own subject, or at least shooting it with horror-movie verve.' Times UK

'It isn't the transcendent masterpiece that some admirers would have you believe: more like a black-comic nightmare that isn't exactly supposed to be funny. It's certainly arresting, though.' The Guardian

Awards:

Academy Awards, USA 2010
Winner Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Mo'Nique
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay - Geoffrey Fletcher
Geoffrey Fletcher became the first African American to win a Best Screenplay Oscar

Golden Globes, USA 2010
Winner of theGolden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Mo'Nique

BAFTA Awards 2010
Winner - BAFTA Film Award Best Supporting Actress

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010
Winner of Actor for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Mo'Nique

CinEuphoria Awards 2011
Winner of theCinEuphoria for Best Actress - Audience Award - Gabourey Sidibe
Top Ten of the Year - Audience Award - Lee Daniels
Top Ten of the Year - International Competition - Lee Daniels
Best Duo - International Competition - Mo'Nique & Gabourey Sidibe

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2010
Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature - Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness
Best Female Lead - Gabourey Sidibe
Best Supporting Female - Mo'Nique
Best Director - Lee Daniels
Best First Screenplay

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