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.
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Meryl Streep is in a league of her own. One of the most celebrated actors of modern times, Streep has received 16 Oscar nominations, more than any actor or actress in the history of the awards. She has won two—the first for Best Actress in Sophie's Choice and the second for Best Supporting Actress in Kramer vs. Kramer. Last year, she was nominated for her portrayal of Sister Aloysius in the film adaptation of the John Patrick Shanley play Doubt.
This year, Streep traded the nun's habit for an apron to bring the queen of French cuisine, Julia Child, to the big screen. Julie & Julia interweaves Julia's life in the late 1940s with the life of modern-day blogger Julie Powell. From the flick of her whisk to her distinctive accent, Streep honors this culinary icon with an unforgettable performance.
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