'Precious' Grabs Five Spirit Award Nominations

'Precious' Grabs Five Spirit Award Nominations

The Spirit Awards are almost always a precursor to Oscar nominations and if this year is any indication Precious will rack up this year. 

Published December 2, 2009

monique-precious The Spirit Awards are almost always a precursor to Oscar nominations and if this year is any indication Precious will rack up this year .  The Spirit Awards has honored outstanding independent films for over 25 years.  This year, Taraji P. Henson helped announce the nominations, which gave five to Precious and five to a film called The Last Station -- those two received the most nods.  As expected, Mo'Nique and Gabourey Sidibe received nods .

BEST FEATURE
"(500) Days Of Summer" - Producers: Mason Novick, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Steven J. Wolfe
"Amreeka" - Producers: Paul Barkin, Christina Piovesan
"Precious" - Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness
"Sin Nombre" - Producer: Amy Kaufman
"The Last Station" - Producers: Bonnie Arnold, Chris Curling, Jens Meuer


BEST DIRECTOR
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen - "A Serious Man"
Lee Daniels - "Precious"
Cary Joji Fukunaga - "Sin Nombre"
James Gray - "Two Lovers"
Michael Hoffman - "The Last Station"


BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Sophie Barthes - "Cold Souls"
Scott Cooper - "Crazy Heart"
Cherien Dabis - "Amreeka"
Geoffrey Fletcher - "Precious"
Tom Ford, David Scearce - "A Single Man"


BEST FEMALE LEAD
Maria Bello - "Downloading Nancy"
Nisreen Faour - "Amreeka"
Helen Mirren - "The Last Station"
Gwyneth Paltrow - "Two Lovers"
Gabourey Sidibe - "Precious"


BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Dina Korzun - "Cold Souls"
Mo'Nique - "Precious"
Samantha Morton - "The Messenger"
Natalie Press - "Fifty Dead Men Walking"
Mia Wasikowska - "That Evening Sun"


There were very little African-American projects nominated at the Spirit Awards. In the best documentary category Lebron James ' documentary More Than A Game received a nod.

The Spirit Awards will air March 5th, 2010.

Check out this article fromThe New York Times Success of ‘Precious’ Highlights an Absence .

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Written by Clay Cane

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