Director: Lee Daniels Cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, Stephanie Andujar, Chyna Layne, Amina Robinson, Xosha Roquemore, Angelic Zambrana, Aunt Dot, Nealla Gordon, Grace Hightower, Abigail Savage
Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mo’Nique); Best Adapted Screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher)
Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Gabourey Sidibe); Best Director (Lee Daniels); Best Film Editing
I First Saw In: 2009
Synopsis: In New York City’s Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
Did You Know? This was the very first film directed by a black filmmaker to be nominated for Best Picture. Geoffrey Fletcher was also the first black writer to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Quotables: JOANN: My favourite colour is fluorescent beige.
And now a Word from the Guise:
I can’t really say that this one of my favourite movies, because it’s so real that it makes you uncomfortable. It is certainly one of the best movies I’ve seen. And if the subject matter of Precious doesn’t make you uncomfortable, then you probably need to take a good, hard look at yourself. But it is so important to talk about rape and child abuse, because they’re happening all the time. Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique brought such power and truth to their performances.
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