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Precious: An early Oscar contender

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

A Precious preview

Precious lands in theaters November 6 starring Mo'Nique, Sherri Shepherd and Mariah Carey as you've never seen them before.

Mo'Nique is garnering serious Oscar buzz for Best Actress for her portrayal of an abusive mother in Precious. The impeccably talented Gabourey Sidibe tackles the title role of a teenager girl growing up in Harlem in 1987.

Precious, a film of inspiration, hits theaters November 6

Lenny Kravitz and Paula Patton also star in Precious, which is based on the novel Push by Sapphire. The work is a hopeful and honest look at life and finding the strength to persevere despite the obstacles.

Directed by Lee Daniels, Precious follows Claireece "Precious" Jones (Sidibe), a 16-year-old African-American girl born into the toughest neighborhood in Harlem. Carey portrays a woman with considerable positive influence in her life who may make a difference.

Precious is pregnant, for a second time, and has to attend to her mother's (Mo'Nique) every need. School should be an escape, but in 1987 Harlem, the public school system is a place of fear, violence and economic depression. It is no wonder that Precious cannot read or write.

Mo'Nique (left) is earning early Oscar buzz

What is so inspiring about the Precious story is that, despite her many pratfalls and the depressive pall of her surroundings, she has a power within that urges her to believe that there is much more to life.

Precious is an Official Selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and winner of three awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival including the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.

Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry co-produced

Precious: a SheKnows first look

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