I cannot think of another actress more worthy of receiving the reward for best actress award at the NAACP awards. Gabourey Sidibe is new to the acting scene and went to the audition on a whim not truly believing that she could be a actress. To say she is a big girl is a understatement, Gabourey is a really big girl and not ashamed of it.
The reason this was the best choice is because this had to be one of the hardest roles to play. Gabourey played Precious in the movie Precious : about a abused and neglected sixteen year old girl who is pregnant with her second child, that is the result of abuse/incest, she has HIV and cannot read.
This role takes guts and strength, Gabourey Sidibe real life is a far cry from the role she played. She is a confident young woman who grew up in a loving supporting family both parents in the entertainment business. This is a award truly deserved. Her acceptance speech Gabourey gave a emotional shout out to
all the Precious girls everywhere. This is for you
Precious the movie went on to win 5 more awards (total six) at the 41st National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s annual Image Awards in Los Angeles. Some of the awards where Best Independent Movie and Best Movie and of course Best Actress.
The director Lee Daniels, who won Best Director award, made a slip up during the acceptance speech. Much to Gabourney’s embarrassment, making it sound as if he was revealing Gabourey’s weight when in truth he was actually referring to the character Precious’s weight from the book. How it came up, he was describing how difficult it was for him to find a Hollywood studio willing to take on the film.
No-one wanted to see a movie about a 350-pound black girl who is struggling and who has HIV
The success of the film has proved the critics all wrong.