A 'Precious' victory
I was rooting for Gabrourey Sidibe for best actress. But the moment edgy comedienne Mo'Nique won the Oscar for supporting actress, I knew that the divine Sidibe was toast. It would have been a major coup and an upset if both actresses from the relentlessly heartbreaking and powerful film 'Precious' had won. But, of course, Oscar night isn't known for coups and upsets.
To give the Academy credit: Mo'Nique's performance was, indeed, peerless. As I wrote after seeing the film last November, her character as Precious's sadistic and depraved mother "makes Joan Crawford look like a rank amateur."
The film didn't win best picture. And Lee Daniels didn't take home Oscar for best director. But, with a win for best adapted screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher) and a total of six nominations, Daniels should be proud that his persistence in getting the movie on the screen and into the wider national consciousness paid off.
| March 8, 2010; 7:37 AM ET
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