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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.

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 8, 2010; 7:37 AM ET
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A couple of things:

I am sure Precious is a very fine film, but even watching clips of it tells me that it is a movie that is too painful for me to ever see in its entirety.

Also from the clips, I can see that Gabrourey Sidibe did a powerful portrayal of Precious. The film itself is Oscar stuff and her type of role is what the Academy likes. The material lends itself to nominations. It would have been a fluke to give the award to a young woman found on a college campus who never before showed an interest in acting. The Academy wasn't going to do that and it shouldn't be viewed as a snub. If Gabrourey pursues this career and does well, there will be other chances.

Posted by: creatia52 | March 8, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

And I'll be cheering for you to learn to spell names like Gabourey Sidibe right before you type them out

Posted by: kdemko1 | March 8, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

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