“Precious” Dominates 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards via Virtual Sweep of Film Categories

I remember the excitement I felt when I was finally able to see the movie Precious after weeks of waiting for “our turn” as the movie slowly was released in one city after another. My book club, Nubian Sistas went to see the movie, with high anticipation and was not disappointed. Watching the performances stirred emotions in me, I didn’t even know laid dormant. So, when I heard that Precious won high accolades at the NAACP I shouted out “YES!” The movie Precious was a great adaptation of the stirring novel PUSH and trust me, as I watched Gabby Sidibe performance, I was silently chanting “Push, Push, Push, you are a survivor.” 

from Blacknews.com A year ago, newly-elected President Barack Obama dominated the NAACP Image Awards. But this go-round, the movie Precious enjoyed that honor, walking away with a half-dozen trophies in the movie categories, including Best Picture, Director (Lee Daniels), Independent Film, Actress (Gabby Sidibe), Supporting Actress (Mo’Nique) and Screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher). As for television, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne proved the voters’ favorite, netting four awards.

Among the evening’s highlights were an array of gracious acceptance speeches, especially those by Mo’Nique and her teary-eyed co-star Gabby Sidibe, and by their director/producer Lee Daniels who brought down the curtain by continue to speak until the closing credits began to roll. Tyler Perry dedicated his accolade to his late mother who just passed away last December.

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction: “The Long Fall” – Walter Mosley (Riverhead Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction: “In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past” – Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Crown)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author: “A Question of Freedom” – R. Dwayne Betts (Avery Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography: “Michelle Obama” – Deborah Willis (W. W. Norton)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional: “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” – Steve Harvey (Amistad)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry: “Bicycles” – Nikki Giovanni (William Morrow)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children: “Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change” – Michelle Cook (Author)(Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens: “Michelle Obama: Meet the First Lady” – David Bergen Brophy (Collins – An Imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Publishing)

Outstanding Motion Picture: “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Morgan Freeman – “Invictus” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Mo’Nique – “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series: Shonda Rhimes – “Grey’s Anatomy” – What a Difference A Day Makes (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television): Geoffrey Fletcher – “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)



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