Will ‘Precious’ Be Another ‘Slumdog Millionaire’?Published by Clay Cane on Monday, September 21, 2009 at 12:00 am.
Oprah Winfrey has already said that Lee Daniels‘ Precious is a modern day version of The Color Purple. There is an Oscar buzz for Mo’Nique’s performance. Now, Precious won the People’s Choice prize at the 34th Toronto Film Festival. According to Variety.com:
Lee Daniels’ inner-city drama, “Precious, Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” nabbed the 34th Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice prize on Saturday.
“Precious,” starring Gabourey Sidibe, attracted mob scenes the likes of which the fest has rarely seen, thanks to producer Oprah Winfrey’s red carpet appearance and promotional push.
With Sundance’s grand jury, aud and acting (Mo’Nique) prizes already in the trophy case, the Lionsgate pic is solidly poised for awards season contention, if the eight-Oscar legacy of Toronto’s 2008 aud winner “Slumdog Millionaire” is any indication.
Precious also makes history as the first film to win the audience awards at Sundance and Toronto.
If Precious managed to snatch up similar awards to Slumdog Millionaire — like Oscars for best director or best movie — it would be a first for a film starring a predominately African-American cast. As we all know, The Color Purple received eleven nominations and lost all of them.
Congrats again to another award for Precious!