Last night during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, the movie “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” took home two awards. Mo’Nique, in one of the most powerful performances of the year, took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Additionally, “Precious” screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Local producers Sarah Siegel Magness and Gary Magness produced the award-winning drama, which resonated with audiences and critics alike.
- Click here to watch Mo’Nique’s Academy Award acceptance speech.
- Click here to watch Geoffrey Fletcher’s Academy Award acceptance speech.
The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect sponsored the premiere of “Precious” during a blue carpet gala at the 32nd Starz Denver Film Festival in November. I had the opportunity to watch the movie at the premiere and I was blown away not only by Mo’Nique’s portrayal of an abusive mother (which was phenomenal), but also Best Actress nominee Gabourey Sidibe’s portrayal of the title character.
“Precious” is the story of a 16-year-old girl struggling against abuse in a bleak and brutal world in 1987 Harlem. But, the film is so much more than that. It serves as a reminder that even in the direst of circumstances, no one should never underestimate the strength of the human spirit.
Congratulations on the critical success of this powerful movie!
Please note this movie contains material that may not be suitable for children under 18 years of age.