About

Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, an angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is chaotic and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and a secret--she can't read.

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Directed by

Lee Daniels

Written by

Geoffrey Fletcher (Screenplay)
Sapphire (Novel)

Runtime

110 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

We are all precious

Cast

Keywords

school rape aids song 1980s motorcycle balloon crying unwillingly pregnant illiteracy abusive mother

Photos

Lists

#658 on The 21st Century Most Acclaimed Films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Awards

Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Directing