Winner of three awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, including Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, Lee Daniels' Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome.
Set in Harlem in 1987, Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire is the story of Claireece "Precious" Jones, a sixteen year old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write.
Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn't know the meaning of "alternative", but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms Rain, Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.
Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique.
Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) & Best Adapted Screenplay.