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Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
At age 26, Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe made her acting debut as the title character in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. In the film, this New York native delivers a raw and intensely emotional performance as Clareece "Precious" Jones, an overweight teenager who's beaten by her mother, Mary (played by Mo'Nique), and sexually abused by her father, the man who fathered her two children.
Sidibe may be new to Hollywood, but she's already an awards show darling. She's been nominated for a Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild Award®, NAACP Image Award® and countless others since Precious won big at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.