‘Precious’ Dominates Spirit Awards
Awards continued to rain on indie drama “Precious,” as director Lee Daniels‘ tale of the struggle of an incest survivor scored a perfect day at the Spirit Awards by winning in all categories for which it was nominated. The film, which is in the running for the Oscars on Sunday, won best feature, director, screenplay, actress, and supporting actress at the independent film industry’s most important awards event.
Newcomer Gabourey Sidebe took home the best actress trophy for portraying an incest victim who is impregnated by his own father. Comedienne Mo’Nique added another trophy to her growing collection of best supporting actress awards, but downplayed her chances of winning the Oscar for her role as an abusive mother, joking that the universe might say that she has a “lot of nerve” to aspire for an Academy award.
Meanwhile, Jeff Bridges won as best actor for his role in “Crazy Heart,” a sign that he might get his first Oscar nod come Sunday. Woody Harrelson, on the other hand, took home the best supporting actor trophy for “The Messenger,” where he plays a military officer tasked to tell soldiers’ family when they get killed in action.