Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe
Character: Claireece "Precious" Jones in Precious
Film: Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), 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 (Mo’Nique), 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.
In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.
Previous Golden Globe Wins: Sidibe has no previous Golden Globe wins.
Previous Golden Globe Nominations: This is her first nomination.
Awards/Nominations for performance: For her role Sidibe has received awards from the Detroit Film Critics Society Awards and the Last Vegas critics Society Awards for Best Actress as well as the Outstanding New Talent Satellite Award.
She was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, Independent Spirit Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.
Critics: “If you do watch -- and you certainly should -- you will see one of the most remarkable performances ever set to film, given by Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe.” - Detroit News
“ The film comes close to collapsing into exploitation or self-parody. Thank Sidibe's extraordinary performance that it doesn't.” - Boston Phoenix
“What a triumph of a film” - Houston Chronicle
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