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The Oscar hopeful gets eight nods for acting, writing and directing
LATimes/Susan King~~”Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” dominated the nominations for the 41st NAACP Image Awards on Wednesday morning, earning eight nods — best film, best director for Lee Daniels, screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher, best actress for Gabourey Sidibe, supporting actress for Mariah Carey, Mo’Nique and Paula Patton and supporting actor for Lenny Kravitz.
Competing with “Precious” in the best picture category are “The Blind Side,” “Invictus,” “Michael Jackson’s: This Is It” and “The Princess and the Frog.”
Joining Sidibe in the best actress category are Anika Noni Rose for her vocal performance in “The Princess and the Frog,” Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side,” Sophie Okonedo for “Skin” and Taraji P. Henson for “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself.”
Vying for best actor are Denzel Washington for “The Taking of Pelham 123,” Idris Elba for “Obsessed,” Jamie Foxx for “Law Abiding Citizen,” Morgan Freeman for “Invictus” and Quinton Aaron for “The Blind Side.”
Rounding out the supporting actress category are Alfre Woodard for “American Violet” and Zoe Saldana for “Avatar.”
In addition to Kravitz, supporting actor nominations went to Adam Rodriguez for “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” Anthony Mackie for “The Hurt Locker” and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Danny Glover for “2012.”
Joining Daniels in the directing category are F. Gary Gray for “Law Abiding Citizen,” George Tillman Jr. for “Notorious,” Scott Sanders for “Black Dynamite” and Spike Lee for “Passing Strange: The Movie.”
An Interview with Gabourey Sidibe and Lee Daniels by Michael Ordoña
LATimes/Michael Ordoña ~~This seems like the classic overnight success story.
Gabourey Sidibe: I know, isn’t it weird?
Your first credit is an award-winning, heavily buzzed about movie. How are you setting your feet down?
GS: I’ve never been a serious person. And I don’t ever intend to be. I don’t often take stock of what room I’m in or where I am, just because it freaks me out. So, I totally have my feet off the ground.
Lee, you’ve said when you and Gabourey talked about the character in depth, she “gave you the facts.”
Lee Daniels: Gabby is way smart. Nauseatingly so. [laughs] In my head, the only room that was clean in the Jones house was her bedroom because it was her sanctuary. So I wanted her to dust under the bed; she says, “Lee. I’m a big girl. I wouldn’t be under there cleaning.” So I was like, ‘Ohhh. OK.’ She’s really smart.
How do you follow that?
GS: With agreement! [laughter]