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PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL "PUSH" BY SAPPHIRE
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL Rated: R    Runtime: 109 mins.

"Given the sheer audacity and utter authenticity, it comes as no surprise that director Lee Daniels' new film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenply, Best Actress and Mo'Nique is a shoe-in for Best Supporting Actress. Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her father’s child for the second time. She can’t read or write, and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Mo’Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Precious’s instincts tell her one thing: if she’s ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources.Don’t be misled—Push is not a film wallowing in the stillness of depression; instead, it vibrates with the kind of energy derived only from anger and hope. The entire cast are amazing; they carry out a firestorm of raw emotion. Daniels has drawn from them inimitable performances that will rivet you to your seat and leave you too shocked to breathe. If you passed Precious on the street, you probably wouldn’t notice her. But when her story is revealed, as Daniels does in this courageous film, you are left with an indelible image of a young woman who—with creativity, humor, and ferocity—finds the strength to turn her life around." - Sundance Film Festival.
Directed by Lee Daniels. Written by Geoffrey Fletcher. With Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz. U.S.A., 2009, Rated R. Running Time: 105 mins.

Academy Award nominations:

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Screenplay Adapted
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Editing

Recipient of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize: for U.S. Dramatic Feature, the Sundance Audience Award and A Special Jury Prize for Acting.