Sunday, August 2, 2009

Oscar Contender: Precious

Normally, the saga of an overweight, illiterate, pregnant black teenager with an abusive mother wouldn’t scream Best Picture. However, early word out of Sundance (and the three awards it won there), tells us that Precious could be the one to watch out for.

The acting is supposedly terrific, especially Mo’Nique. Now I personally love her for her standup, as I think she is one of the funniest comedians to date. However, Precious apparently proves that she is no one-trick pony. According to early buzz, she is brutal, raw, emotional, and simply outstanding as Precious’ abusive mother, and is the frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress. Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe apparently also carries her own, and could be a contender for Best Actress. The real shocker here is that Mariah Carey is supposed to be excellent as well. Mariah is a musical goddess but if Glitter is still fresh on your minds, you would know her movie career hasn’t been so successful.

So here’s the point, the movie is getting great critical reception, has some big time stars to help boost box office performance, and in only his second motion picture to date, newcomer Lee Daniels seems to have a hit on his hands.

The only problems I foresee are poor box office, and the inability of Americans to watch such a brutal story. With all the abuse the trailer shows, I can’t imagine how rough the whole movie will be, no matter how brilliant it is.

Oscar Potential: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Gabourey Sidibe), Best Supporting Actress (Mariah Carey and Mo’Nique), Film Editing, Cinematography, Adapted Screenplay, Makeup

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