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Oscars ceremony under way in LA

Oscars ceremony under way in LA

LOS ANGELES, March 7 (UPI) -- Hollywood's biggest stars gathered in Los Angeles Sunday night for the 82nd annual Academy Awards ceremony, honoring the best in film of 2009.

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Depp admits deep desire for 'Wonderland' ... Precious' named Spirit Awards' top film ... Complaint against model Campbell withdrawn ... Actress Ryan joins cast of new ABC drama ... News from United Press International.
'Precious' named Spirit Awards' top film

'Precious' named Spirit Awards' top film

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- Judges at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles said "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" won the event's best feature prize.

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Cowell of 'Idol' engaged to makeup artist ... Depp says filming 'Alice' was great fun ... Actor Carrey welcomes birth of grandson ... 'Precious' wins six at Image Awards ... News from United Press International.
'Precious' wins six at Image Awards

'Precious' wins six at Image Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- NAACP Image Awards judges said the U.S. film "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" was worthy of six awards, including best picture.
GLAAD to honor Nixon and Behar

GLAAD to honor Nixon and Behar

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Actress Cynthia Nixon and talk-show host Joy Behar are to be honored at the upcoming 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony in New York, organizers said.
Best actress Oscar set for N.Y. display

Best actress Oscar set for N.Y. display

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The statuette to be presented to this year's best actress Oscar winner is to go on display in New York ahead of next month's awards ceremony, organizers said.
Stars line up for Oscar nominees luncheon

Stars line up for Oscar nominees luncheon

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Fourteen of the 20 nominees in this year's Oscar acting categories attended a luncheon Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Essence to honor Cicely Tyson

Essence to honor Cicely Tyson

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Cicely Tyson is to be honored during the third annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, organizers said.
TV Guide Network to air 'Precious' special

TV Guide Network to air 'Precious' special

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- TV Guide Network has announced plans to air an exclusive one-hour special about the U.S. film "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."

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'Avatar' finally loses top box office spot ... Bullock downplays her Oscar chances ... Actor Shue, news anchor Robach marry ... The Judds to reunite for tour ... News from United Press International.
Bullock downplays her Oscar chances

Bullock downplays her Oscar chances

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Sandra Bullock said during an appearance at a film festival in California she does not expect to win a best actress Oscar award this year.

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'Avatar,' 'Up' earn best picture Oscar nods ... Report: Sony layoffs to affect 450 ... Rip Torn going to rehab after arrest ... 'We are the World' to get Olympic debut ... News from United Press International.
'Avatar,' 'Up' earn best picture Oscar nod

'Avatar,' 'Up' earn best picture Oscar nod

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The blockbusters "Avatar," "The Blind Side" and "Up" were among the 10 movies nominated for the best picture Oscar in Los Angeles Tuesday morning.

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Report: Conan and NBC ink $44M exit pact ... 'Avatar,' 'Locker' up for best film BAFTA ... Reid and Axtmann get engaged ... 'TiK ToK' still No. 1 on U.S. record chart ... News from United Press International.
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Gabourey Sidibe
Nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role Gabourey Sidibe arrives on the red carpet at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood on March 7, 2010. UPI/David Silpa
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Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe (pronounced /ˈɡæbəreɪ ˈsɪdɨbeɪ/; born May 6, 1983) is an American actress who made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, a role that garnered her a nomination for a Best Actress Academy Award. She will guest star in the upcoming Showtime original series The Big C with Laura Linney and Oliver Platt.

Sidibe was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Harlem. Her mother—Alice Tan Ridley—is an African-American R&B and Gospel singer who appeared on the fifth season of America's Got Talent on June 15, 2010, and her Senegal-born father—Ibnou Sidibe—is a cab driver. She has attended Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and Mercy College.

In Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, Sidibe plays the central character, Claireece "Precious" Jones, an illiterate, obese, sixteen-year-old girl with two children (both of whom are the products of incestuous rape from her father) trying to escape the physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of her parents. The film won numerous awards, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award.

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