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Mo'Nique accepted her role to raise awareness of sexual abuse. A confessed victim of incest herself, the actress had great reservations about playing the part, but ultimately found the experience therapeutic.
A friend at college told Gabourey Sidibe about the open-call audition for the role of Precious. On the morning of the audition, her normal route to school was blocked by a film crew working on American Gangster (2007), so she went to the audition instead.
Very first Best Picture Oscar nominated to be directed by an African-American filmmaker.
Over 400 girls were interviewed from across the country for the part of Precious. Gabourey Sidibe was cast a mere six weeks before the start of shooting after being forced to the audition by friends.
Shot in only five weeks.
The first film to win the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
In 1996, when the book upon which this movie is based was first published, it was titled "Push: A Novel." The film was likewise originally titled, "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire," but in February 2009, the movie title was changed to "Precious (Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire") to avoid confusion with the 2009 action film Push (2009). When the novel was republished in 2009, it was as a movie tie-in edition with cover art from the film, a common enough practice regarding books that have been turned into movies. What is unusual about the movie tie-in version of the book is that the book's title had also been changed to the movie's--which means that the book is now called "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire", even though it *is* the novel Push by Sapphire.
Oprah Winfrey said that when she saw the movie, it "split [her] open", and that she immediately called Tyler Perry who gave her Lee Daniels' number, so that she could call him and tell him she would do anything to promote the film. When she called him, he was onstage getting an award at the Sundance Film Festival. Oprah later stated that this film was why "we make movies", and that she thought people might not "enjoy", but would "appreciate this experience".
Helen Mirren was originally cast as Mrs. Weiss, but dropped out. Mariah Carey was chosen as a replacement by director Lee Daniels only two days before the film went into production. Daniels has stated that he chose Carey based on her performance in Tennessee (2008), which he produced.
Gabourey Sidibe read the novel Push years before when her mother, singer Alice Tan Ridley, was approached to play the role of Mary in an earlier production that never came to fruition.
Five years after winning the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in this movie, Mo'Nique told a Hollywood Reporter interviewer that she believed she had been blackballed in Hollywood since the awards and the events leading up to them: "I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago. And he said to me, 'Mo'Nique, you've been blackballed.' And I said, 'I've been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?' And he said, 'Because you didn't play the game.' And I said, 'Well, what game is that?' And he gave me no response."
Over the course of the shoot the production lost an editor, a cinematographer, three continuity people, three locations managers, two producers, two assistant directors, two sound people, two video playback people, and two caterers.
Holds the record for averaging US$100,000 per screen in fewer than 50 US theaters.
Writer Geoffrey Fletcher became the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
According to Lee Daniels, Heath Ledger stopped by the set one day. The film was completed on January 23, 2008, the day after Ledger's death.
In one of Precious' fantasies, she is shooting a commercial and we see a clapper. The names on the clapper indicating the director and cinematographer are Lee Daniels and Andrew Dunn, who are the film's director and cinematographer.
In one of her meetings with her social worker, played by Mariah Carey, Precious asks "What color are you anyway, you some type of Black or Spanish?" Carey, who is of mixed ancestry (Irish, Black, Venezuelan), is often the subject of "what is she" speculation and discussion.
The film's opening credits mirror its main character's illiteracy by misspelling the title, which is given as "Precious (Base on Nol by Saf)" with the correction "(Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire)" underneath.
The film was produced independently by Lee Daniels Entertainment, and the completed film was caught in a battle between potential distributors The Weinstein Company and Lionsgate after its initial success at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions and Tyler Perry's 34th Street Films signed on to lend promotional assistance to the production, and Perry's existing relationship with Lionsgate helped land the film a release through that distributor.
In an interview with Wendy Williams, Monique stated that she keeps her Oscar, that she won for this movie, under a cabinet. She stated that the reason for this is that the only space she has in her house to display trophies is reserved for her children's trophies.
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In one scene, an April, 1987 issue of "Andy Warhol's Interview" magazine is displayed on Miss Rain's desk. The issue features Lisa Bonet on the cover. Soon after doing that cover, Bonet would marry Lenny Kravitz, who plays Nurse John.
Gabourey Sidibe worked with Lenny Kravitz in this movie, then with his daughter Zoë Kravitz in her next film, Yelling to the Sky (2011).
Will Smith was allegedly interested in the role of Nurse John.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Mo'Nique played a character by the name of Precious in director Lee Daniels's previous film Shadowboxer (2005).
The film takes place in 1987.
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Taraji P. Henson sought to play the role of Precious Jones but director Lee Daniels felt that she would be completely miscast in the part.
In the book, Precious mentions being often influenced by Farrakhan, a Muslim African-American. Later on it's revealed by Precious that he also held many anti-homosexual opinions, which makes it unsurprising that director Lee Daniels chose to leave him and his views out of the film.
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Claireece Precious Jones was born in 1971.
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This film was scheduled for release on October 19 and 20 in 2009 Tokyo International Film Festival, but canceled.
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While it does not appear anywhere on the official soundtrack, the song "Destiny", by Mary J Blige is used in trailers for the film. It was released originally on Blige's "No More Drama" album, but was then dropped from the re-issue.
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As of 2018, features the only Oscar nominated performances of Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique (who won Best Supporting Actress)
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the final confrontation scene, Mariah Carey was not directed to cry; rather, she was supposed to react with stone faced horror, just as Ms. Weiss does in the novel. However, Carey was so overpowered by the performances of Mo'Nique and Gabourey Sidibe, she broke down in tears and ducked her head away from the camera as not to ruin the scene. Director Lee Daniels loved Carey's natural reaction and kept the shot of her wiping her tears in the final cut.
Before filming the scene in which Precious slaps Consuela for saying "F for Fat", Lee Daniels told Gabourey Sidibe to slap Angelic Zambrana as hard as she could while purposely not telling the other girls beforehand. In the film, the reactions from the girls in that scene after she does so is actually unrehearsed.

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