Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere

"Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" won the top award at the Toronto International Film Festival today, Saturday, September 19th. "Precious" captured the festival's People's Choice award, which is voted on by filmgoers. Last year it went to 2009 Best Picture Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire."

The 2009 drama is adapted from the 1996 Sapphire novel Push about a teenage girl living in Harlem, who has been impregnated twice by her father and is withstanding a hurtful relationship with her mother. The film premiered in January 2009 at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for best drama, as well as a Special Jury Prize for supporting actress Mo'Nique.

"Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" is directed by Lee Daniels and co-produced by Daniels' company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, and Smokewood Entertainment Group, which is owned by Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness; the two production companies also collaborated on Tennessee. The theme song for the film, titled "Push," was written and produced by Robin Thicke.
Precious was picked up for distribution by Lionsgate and has received promotional assistance from Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions and Tyler Perry's 34th Street Films. The movie will be released nationwide on November 6, 2009.

The Toronto International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious international film festivals in the world. For ten days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals and media watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new talent.

Photos by Walter McBride

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah's fans cheer her on

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Gayle King

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Gayle King

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Gayle King

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Gayle King

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey and Gayle King

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey and Gayle King

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey and Gayle King

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey and Gayle King

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mariah Carey and Lee Daniels

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mary J. Blige

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mary J. Blige and Gayle King

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Gayle King

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Mary J. Blige and Gayle King

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Robert De Niro

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Robert De Niro

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Robert De Niro

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Robert De Niro

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Robert De Niro

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Gabourey Sidibe

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Gabourey Sidibe

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Paula Patton

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Paula Patton

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Tyler Perry

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Sapphire

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Sapphire

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Sapphire

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Sherri Shepherd

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Sherri Shepherd

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Sherri Shepherd

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Sherri Shepherd

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Oprah Winfrey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Oprah Winfrey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Oprah Winfrey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Oprah Winfrey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Oprah Winfrey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Oprah Winfrey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Oprah Winfrey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Oprah Winfrey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Oprah Winfrey

Photo Coverage: 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' TIFF 2009 Red Carpet Premiere
Oprah Winfrey


Related Articles

Toronto THEATER Stories | Shows  BWW Toronto  BWW Toronto


From This Author Movies News Desk

Before you go...