Precious (film)

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Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, or simply Precious, is a 2009 American drama film, directed and co-produced by Lee Daniels.wikipedia
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Gabourey Sidibe

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The film stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey.
Sidibe made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that earned her the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, in addition to nominations for the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actress.

Paula Patton

The film stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey.
Patton made her feature film debut in the 2005 comedy Hitch, and had starring roles in the films Déjà Vu (2006), Precious (2009), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), Jumping The Broom (2011) 2 Guns (2013), Baggage Claim (2013) Warcraft (2016) and Traffik (2018).

Mo'Nique

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The film stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey.
In 2009, she received critical praise for her role as the abusive Mary Lee Johnston in the film Precious and won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Mariah Carey

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The film stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey.
The next year, she was cast in the critically acclaimed film Precious, which won her Breakthrough Actress Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Tyler Perry

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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.
Many years later, after seeing the film Precious, Perry was moved to reveal for the first time that he had been molested by a friend's mother at age 10; he was also molested by three men prior to this, and later learned his own father had molested his friend.

82nd Academy Awards

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Precious received six nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Daniels, and Best Actress for Sidibe.
Other winners were Avatar with three awards, Crazy Heart, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, and Up, with two awards, and The Cove, Inglourious Basterds, The Blind Side, Logorama, Music by Prudence, The New Tenants, The Secret in Their Eyes, Star Trek, and The Young Victoria with one.

2009 Cannes Film Festival

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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.

Lee Daniels

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Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, or simply Precious, is a 2009 American drama film, directed and co-produced by Lee Daniels.
He produced Monster's Ball and directed Precious, which received six Oscar nominations, including Best Director; it won two of the awards.

Xosha Roquemore

She is best known for her roles as Jo Ann in Precious and Tamra in The Mindy Project.

Chyna Layne

Chyna Layne is an Jamaican American actress who has appeared in a number of films and television productions, including the movie Precious, the television movie Life Support, and the television drama Push.

Stephanie Andujar

Her film career includes the Academy Award-winning film Precious (2009), Pariah (2011), See Girl Run (2012), Babygirl (2013), A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014), and the film Marjorie Prime (2017).

Toronto International Film Festival

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Precious won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Precious, which won the 2009 TIFF People's Choice Award, went on to win two Oscars at the 82nd Academy Awards.

Sapphire (author)

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The script was written by Geoffrey S. Fletcher, adapted from the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire.
It was renamed Precious to avoid confusion with the 2009 action film Push.

Sundance Film Festival

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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.
Later films that won both awards are: God Grew Tired of Us in 2006 (documentary category), Quinceañera in 2006 (dramatic category), Precious in 2009, Fruitvale (later retitled Fruitvale Station) in 2013, Whiplash in 2014, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl in 2015, and The Birth of a Nation in 2016.

Grace Hightower

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As an actress, Hightower has had minor roles in various movies including Precious (2009) and The Paperboy (2012).

2009 Sundance Film Festival

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Precious was screened during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival from January 15, 2009, until January 25 in Park City, Utah.

Academy Award for Best Director

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Precious received six nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Daniels, and Best Actress for Sidibe.

Academy Award for Best Picture

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Precious received six nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Daniels, and Best Actress for Sidibe.

Lenny Kravitz

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While Precious is in the hospital giving birth to her second child Abdul, she meets John McFadden (Lenny Kravitz), a nursing assistant who shows her kindness and develops a crush on him.
Kravitz made his feature film acting debut in Precious which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009.

Academy Award for Best Actress

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Precious received six nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Daniels, and Best Actress for Sidibe.

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

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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.

Harpo Productions

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After Precious was screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in January, it was picked up for distribution by Lions Gate Entertainment and received promotional assistance from Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions and Tyler Perry's 34th Street Films.

Oprah Winfrey

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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.

Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

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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.