Character: Mary Lee Johnston 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: She has no previous Golden Globe wins.
Previous Golden Globe Nominations: This is her first nomination.
Awards/Nominations for Performance: Mo’Nique has won Best Supporting Actress gongs at the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association awards, Los Angeles Film critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle and Toronto Film Critics Association amongst others.
She has also been nominated at the Satellite Awards, Independent Spirit Awards and the Screen actors Guild Awards.
Critics: “Mo'Nique plunges headfirst into a moral abyss that makes her frightening.” - Denver Post
“A vitally honest and emotionally compelling film that hits you in the gut.” - Back Stage
“No, Precious is not an easy sit, and isn't meant to be. But it's a film of remarkable strength and poignancy, filled with vivid performances that stay with you long after you've left the theatre.” - Seattle Times
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