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Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Precious
6 Nominations / 2 Wins
Year 2009
Director Lee Daniels
Writer Geoffrey Fletcher
Starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz
82nd Academy Awards

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, often shortened to Precious, was nominated for six Academy Awards and took home two. The film, directed by Lee Daniels, is an adaptation by Geoffrey Fletcher of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire, and stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey. The film marked Sidibe's acting debut, and earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

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It's Harlem 1987. Sixteen year old Claireece Jones - who goes by her middle name Precious - is an illiterate, overweight black girl. She is pregnant with her second child, both children fathered by her biological father, who has continually raped her since she was a child, but who she doesn't see otherwise. Her infant daughter, Mongo - such named since she has Down Syndrome - lives with Precious' grandmother. Precious lives with her mother Mary, who abuses Precious both physically and emotionally. Mary does nothing but smoke, watch television and collect welfare through fraud (as she doesn't ever look for a job) and believes that education does nothing for Precious, who she would rather also collect welfare if only to bring money into the household. To escape her life, Precious often daydreams of herself in glamorous situations. Because of her current pregnancy, Precious' principal transfers her into an alternative school. In dealing with the school's sympathetic teacher Miss Blu Rain, Precious begins to believe that she can have a future by learning how to read and write. Despite some devastating news from her mother following the birth of her child, Precious also begins to believe she can escape the grips of her abusive mother, who, up to this point, was Precious' only real support.

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