Precious (2009)

Rated R. We cursed, oh, maybe 3 times.

Gabourey Sidibe’s debut and Mo’Nique’s outstanding performance (which won her a gold naked guy) are easily the highlights of the character study that is the subject of the Next 170 Project. Neither of the actresses has been cast much since (we discuss some of the reasons why), but they’ll be hard-pressed to ever surpass what they did here anyway. Lee Daniels’ 2nd film is certainly his best work behind the bullhorn and Geoffrey Fletcher took home an Oscar for his rock-solid script. They can all thank thenovelPushbySapphire, although neither of the 2 Oscar-winners mentioned Sapphire at all. Huh. Anyway, this film isn’t easy to watch, but there’s some really meaningful stuff going on as we get a rare glimpse into the rough lives of poor, black women.

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For The Record: Oprah’s 4 impediments to making it in show biz are that she was black, overweight, poor and a woman. Also, there were 10 Best Picture nominees in 2009 (the 1st year they expanded it from the previously standard 5). We mentioned 5 of the noms, but also there was Up, The Blind Side, District 9, A Serious Man and An Education.


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Rotten Tomatoes reviews

2009 U.S. Box Office

2009 in film

2009 Academy Award winners & nominees

Oscar acceptance speeches: Mo’Nique and Geoffrey Fletcher

Links to: The Paperboy and The Butler and Hairspray and 12 Years A Slave and Moonlight

YouTube links: The social worker stops by and Mary being sweet as always and Precious absconds with the chicken and Miss Rain & her class and Precious & Abdul and Mary unloads her stuff on Miss Weiss

Previously on the Next 169 Project: Saw

November 11th on the Next 171 Project: Three Kings