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Precious

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15 Certificate
Title
105 Mins
Released
2009
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Packshot of Precious
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
105 Mins
Released
2009

Claireece (Gabourey Sidibe) is a 16 year old girl. She's pregnant with her second child and mentally and physically bullied by her mother (Mo'Nique). At school she has managed to get decent grades while hiding the fact she is illiterate. But hope arrives when she is offered a place at an alternative school. Her new teacher Ms. Rain (Paula Patton) makes her realise she can dream of a better life. Co starring Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz. Contains very strong language, intense sexual violence and incest abuse.

Cast & Connections

Cast

  • Mo'Nique,
  • Paula Patton,
  • Mariah Carey,
  • Sherri Shepherd,
  • Lenny Kravitz,
  • Gabourey Sidibe,
  • Stephanie Andujar,
  • Chyna Layne and
  • Amina Robinson

Director

  • Lee Daniels

Screenwriter

  • Geoffrey Fletcher

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Did you know?

  • The film marks Gabourey Sidibe's acting debut. She previously had no interest in pursuing an acting career.
  • Mo'Nique, who plays Mary, played a character called Precious in director Lee Daniels's previous film Shadowboxer.
  • Singer Lenny Kravitz plays Nurse John, his first ever movie role.
  • Helen Mirren was approached to play Mrs Weiss but couldn't commit due to scheduling conflicts. She was replaced by Mariah Carey.
  • The film was co-produced by TV presenter Oprah Winfrey.

Awards

  • 2 Academy Awards won

    • 2009 Actress In A Supporting Role - Mo'Nique
    • 2009 Writing (Adapted Sceenplay) - Geoffrey Fletcher
  • 6 Academy Awards nominated

    • 2009 Actress In A Leading Role - Gabourey Sidibe
    • 2009 Actress In A Supporting Role - Mo'Nique
    • 2009 Best Picture - Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness
    • 2009 Directing - Lee Daniels
    • 2009 Film Editing - Joe Klotz
    • 2009 Writing (Adapted Sceenplay) - Geoffrey Fletcher
  • 1 BAFTA Awards won

    • 2009 Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique
  • 4 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 2009 Adapted Screenplay - Geoffrey Fletcher
    • 2009 Best Film - Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness
    • 2009 Leading Actress - Gabourey Sidibe
    • 2009 Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique
  • 1 Golden Globe Awards won

    • 2010 Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Mo'Nique
  • 3 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2010 Best Motion Picture - Drama
    • 2010 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Gabourey Sidibe
    • 2010 Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Mo'Nique

Box Office

U.K.
£1.91 million
U.S.
$47.54 million

Source: Rentrak EDI

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