Monday, September 14, 2009

TIFF: Precious

It seems Lee Daniels' Precious is not going to call it quits after conquering Sundance. This one looks like it'll be snatching up awards left and right all the way through the season.

Roger Ebert was among the first to weigh in on the film (out of Toronto, at least), and it seems he was as taken as everyone else:

"Precious, one of the best films of the autumn, is Lee Daniels' the story of a physically and mentally abused poor black girl from the ghetto, who summons the inner strength to fight back for her future. It contains two great performances, by Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, in the title role, and Mo'Nique as her pathetic mother. Sidibe is the life force personified. Mo'Nique has a closing monologue that reduced some of us to tears."

John Foote, who's covering TIFF for InContention again this year, did him one better:

"This is daring filmmaking because it is real, because we all know things like this happen everyday. Let’s hope the Academy is daring enough to nominate the effort and honor the artists involved. “Precious” is the year’s best film."

Strong words from both. Precious hits theaters stateside on November 6th, and as of right now I think both Sidibe and Mo'Nique are safe bets in Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. A Best Picture nod isn't a long shot either.


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