Monday, September 21, 2009

PRECIOUS WINS BIG AT TORONTO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL



Posted by: Roxxanne Roxxanne

According to Entertainment Weekly, the film Precious won the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend.
The moving New York City drama Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival this afternoon, becoming the only film ever to win the audience prizes at both Sundance and Toronto. (Unlike other festivals, Toronto doesn’t give out a juried Best Film award; last year’s audience winner was eventual Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire.) Precious, directed by Lee Daniels and exec produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, is well on its way to becoming one of next year’s 10 Best Picture nominees, while its stars Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique are strong contenders in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories, respectively. Lionsgate will release Precious on Nov. 6.
Wow, Precious is the first film to ever win the audience prize at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival...*singing* "how about round of applause...standing ovation!" Past winners of the Toronto Film Festival's audience prize include American Beauty and my favorite movie of 2008 Slum Dog Millionaire. Both movies went on to win an Oscar for Best Picture. There is already an Oscar buzz that Gaboure Sidibe and Mo'Nique will be nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively.

I'm so looking forward to seeing this movie on Nov. 6!  Precious stars Mo' Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah CareyLenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepard, and introduces the star of the film and newcomer Gaboure "Gabby" Sidibe. Still waiting for Flashdance to let me read the actual novel...hurry up slim!


Check out the trailer for Precious below.


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