Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire is generating a lot of Oscar buzz, already taking home Grand Jury Prize Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Precious is 16 years old, morbidly obese, illiterate and growing up in the mean streets of 1987 Harlem. She is forced to leave school after it’s discovered she is pregnant for the second time by her father — but the officials don’t know that tragic detail. She begins attending an alternative school for girls working their way towards their G.E.D. It’s there where she finds the support and love she’s never had.
This heartbreaking Lee Daniels’ film is led by the amazing newcomer Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe. But watch out for the astonishing portrayal of the mentally and physically abusive mother by comedian Mo’Nique, and the entire supporting cast, including Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepherd, and Xosha Roquemore.