“PRECIOUS” WINS TIFF AUDIENCE AWARD

20 Sep

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Members of the public who attended the 2009 Toronto Film Festival have voted to award “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lions Gate, 11/6, trailer) — the gritty Lee Daniels-directed drama of abuse and neglect in inner-city America — with the Cadillac People’s Choice Award, the festival’s highest honor. It is the first film to ever win the audience award at both Sundance and Toronto.

This award has been distributed since 1978, and films that won it have almost always gone on to garner attention from the Academy, especially in recent years…

  • “Best Boy” (1979) — received 1 nomination, and won: Documentary
  • “Chariots of Fire” (1981) — received 7 nominations, winning 4: Picture, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Costume Design
  • “The Big Chill” (1983) — received 3 nominations: Picture, Actress, Original Screenplay
  • “Places in the Heart” (1984) — received 7 nominations, winning 2: Actress, Original Screenplay
  • “The Official Story” (1985) — received 2 nominations, winning 1: Foreign Film
  • “Le Declin de l’empire Americain” (1986) — received 1 nomination: Foreign Film
  • “The Princess Bride” (1987) — received 1 nomination: Original Song)
  • “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988) — received 1 nomination: Foreign Film
  • “Cyrano de Bergerac” (1990) — received 5 nominations, winning 1: Costume Design
  • “The Fisher King” (1991) — received 5 nominations, winning 1: Supporting Actress
  • “Antonia” (1995) — received 1 nomination, and won: Foreign Film
  • “Shine” (1996) — received 7 nominations, winning 1: Actor
  • “Life Is Beautiful” (1998) — received 7 nominations, winning 3: Actor, Foreign Film, Original Score
  • “American Beauty” (1999) — received 8 nominations, winning 5: Picture, Director, Actor, Original Screenplay, Cinematography
  • “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) — received 10 nominations, winning 4: Foreign Film, Cinematography, Original Score, Art Direction-Set Direction
  • “Amelie” (2001) — received 5 nominations: Original Screenplay, Foreign Film, Cinematography, Art Direction-Set Direction, Sound Mixing
  • “Whale Rider” (2002) — received 1 nomination: Actress
  • “Hotel Rwanda” (2004) — received 3 nominations: Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay
  • “Tsotsi” (2005) — received 1 nomination, and won: Foreign Film
  • “Eastern Promises” (2007) — received 1 nomination: Actor
  • “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) — received 10 nominations, winning 8: Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Original Score, Original Song, Sound Mixing

Photo: Mo’Nique stars in “Precious.” Credit: Lions Gate.

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