‘Precious’ takes Toronto’s People’s Choice

Posted by · 12:59 pm · September 19th, 2009

I’m a bit out of pocket down south so a fleeting post is all I can offer the history-making moment that is ‘Precious’ winning Toronto’s audience prize. No other film has taken the audience award at both Sundance and Toronto, I believe, but this miraculous film’s Oscar trajectory has been written for months. Congrats to all involved, and onward…




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  • 1 9-19-2009 at 1:23 pm

    "Julianstark" said...

    well, since this is the case, is anybody else thinking that “Precious” will be this year’s “Slumdog Millionaire”???

  • 2 9-19-2009 at 1:27 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    well here we go, i dont think it can go undefeated like slumdog though, so many strong films this year

  • 3 9-19-2009 at 1:40 pm

    j said...

    Do we really need two Slumdogs?

    Out of the 15 films that Tapley puts as the strongest contenders, I’d put this at about the middle in terms of how I’d like the awards to go down. Sight unseen, yes.

  • 4 9-19-2009 at 1:51 pm

    Michael W. said...

    Wauw. One more big one for Precious. I had thought Up in the Air would win it with Reitman being “local” and Precious maybe being too bleak for a broad audience (that is said without having seen it though). But this is a huge win.

  • 5 9-19-2009 at 2:28 pm

    Bill said...

    It’s not Slumdog. We’ve known about Precious for a long time. It’s been on our sights since Sundance last year, certainly not coming out of nowhere at Toronto like Slumdog.

  • 6 9-19-2009 at 2:37 pm

    A.J said...

    Sundance was this year Bill

  • 7 9-19-2009 at 3:38 pm

    Robert Hamer, Spelling Nazi said...

    “well, since this is the case, is anybody else thinking that “Precious” will be this year’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’???”

    I hope not. Hopefully this year’s awards season will be a little more interesting and not have one movie sweep EVERY awards body.

  • 8 9-19-2009 at 3:55 pm

    RichardA said...

    So that’s frontrunner status for Precious, right?

  • 9 9-19-2009 at 4:11 pm

    Troy said...

    All I have to say is, I love Jake Locker.

  • 10 9-19-2009 at 5:10 pm

    kid said...

    There is no way precious will clean up like Slumdog Millionaire, it’s a great movie but there are so many other great ones as well. Weren’t people saying Up in the Air (which I think is a bit better then precious) was gonna be this years Slumdog just before TIFF?

  • 11 9-19-2009 at 5:58 pm

    Kay said...

    Wow, me thinks this defnitley the frontrunner for Best Picture.

  • 12 9-19-2009 at 6:20 pm

    Tyler j. Pratt said...

    I thought Precious was an excellent film, a masterpiece even, and I wouldnt mind it winning Best Picture. That said Up in The Air is probably it main competiton as far as critics awards go, though i’m sure we could see films like An Education, The Hurt Locker, A Serious Man, and Up pop up so I doubt it will sweep. Also, let us not forget we still have Tree of Life, Nine, The Lovely Bones, Where The Wild Things Are and Invictus lurking around the corner…

  • 13 9-19-2009 at 6:36 pm

    red_wine said...

    I doubt Precious or Up In The Air will win any of the major critics circle(LA, NY, NSFC). Last year too,while Slumdog won many of the lesser critics awards, the top 3 went for Wall-E, Milk and Waltz With Bashir with Happy-Go-Lucky winning director and screenplay in 2 outta 3 places.

    I think the top 3 critics circle will favor The Hurt Locker, A Serious Man, The White Ribbon, A Prophet or some other such movies.

  • 14 9-19-2009 at 6:55 pm

    BDM said...

    So, when does the backlash begin? It’s always inevitable.

  • 15 9-19-2009 at 7:26 pm

    andrew said...

    It always felt like the backlash started after “A bouyant hymn to life” for Slumdog.

    But i’m still excited for Precious. Precious doesn’t seem like the type to get the same type of backlash (at least not like Juno and Slumdog did) because (at least from what I’ve read, correct me if i’m wrong) Precious isn’t as “heartwarming”.

  • 16 9-19-2009 at 9:23 pm

    damon said...

    I just hope that gabourey sidibe get her nomination because knowing hollywood, this may be her only time to shine.

  • 17 9-19-2009 at 9:48 pm

    head_wizard said...

    Does it count as backlash when I was never interested in Precious?

    That being said it does look really good for the movie for best picture, it probably won’t win nine oscars like Slumdog but it defently has a major shot at the big prize unless Up in the Air gets some new backing or Invictus or Nine is really really good

  • 18 9-19-2009 at 11:03 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    Aww, him still think it matters if a movie’s really really good for it to win Best Picture. That’s adorable.

    Just messin’ with you, head_wizard.

    But congrats to the “Precious” team. I get more and more excited about this with everything I read. It’s probably the film I’m most excited about seeing right now, though the one that is closest within my reach that I’m most excited about seeing is “A Serious Man”–coming to my local art theatre on October 2nd. Squeeee!

  • 19 9-20-2009 at 1:48 am

    Sean said...

    As a UW student I second Troy’s comment and also love the fact that someone going by the handle “Troy” made it.

  • 20 9-20-2009 at 12:58 pm

    head_wizard said...

    Adam, Well we can pray for miricles.

    But I am talking any backing if Nine completly bombs(A possibility) then it will get no where period.

  • 21 9-20-2009 at 3:18 pm

    El Rocho said...

    I’ve been hearing and reading a lot of good news about Tim Blake Nelson’s ‘Leaves of Grass’. Think there is any Oscar contention there? For either Nelson or Norton?

  • 22 9-20-2009 at 3:34 pm

    kid said...

    To El Rocho: Not at all, Norton is really good in the film but overall it just misses the mark, it was a major let down for myself and there is noway that oscars are going to consider it.

  • 23 9-20-2009 at 4:16 pm

    Troy said...

    Haha, Sean, it is kind of weird that my name is Troy and I go to UCLA.

  • 24 9-21-2009 at 8:14 am

    slayton said...

    A correction – Whale Rider won a Sundance audience prize (World Cinema) and the Toronto audience prize, so Precious isn’t completely unique.

  • 25 9-21-2009 at 12:05 pm

    David said...

    As of right now I don’t see how anyone can defeat Mo’nique for best supporting actress. The movie sucks the air right out of you during every scene she is in. And Gabourey Sidibe is pretty remarkable.

  • 26 9-21-2009 at 12:53 pm

    "Julianstark" said...

    When people say that Precious is the only film to take both Audience Awards, I think they mean the general Audience Awards… and as far as I know, no other film has achieved what Precious has, in that regard…

  • 27 9-21-2009 at 5:09 pm

    John H. Foote said...

    “Precious” is the most powerful film experience I have experienced since “Raging Bull,” “Schindler’s List,” and “The Passion of the Christ” — demanding, difficult, exhausting, scalding and searing cinema that is a work of art — somehow despite all the anger ahd hardship within the film, there is hope — that there could be in this situation is astonishing — it SHOULD win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and indeed might (I say might because not all Academy members are going to like the film) — will it rack up eight like ‘Slumdog Millionaire?” — first of all, who cares? — second, not likely because “Slumdog Millionaire” became such a beloved experience and ‘Precious” is not the kind of movie — at all — too powerful, far too real and hard hitting to be embraced in that manner — brilliantly acted, directed and written, I have not stopped thinking about the film since seeing it at the beginning of the festival, and yes, Mo’Nique will win Best Supporting Actress, and hoipefully all the major critics awards awards —