'Precious,' Paula Patton take top prizes at Aspen Filmfest
The Oscar buzz continues to mount for Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," as both the film and one of its stars, Paula Patton, took top honors at the 31st Aspen Filmfest, which ran from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. "Precious" was named Audience Favorite Feature, while Patton, who attended the fest with her husband, singer Robin Thicke, won Artist to Watch.
Other Aspen winners included director Jason Reitman, who earned the New Directions Award for "Up in the Air," itself a major contender for the 2010 Oscars, who introduced his father, producer-director Ivan Reitman, before an on-stage chat moderated by Times contributor Mark Olsen. Veteran actor-director Stanley Tucci received the Independent by Nature award and was feted by his "Lovely Bones" director Peter Jackson via video. Greg Barker's "Sergio," about the convoluted life of U.N. diplomat Sergio Viera de Mello, was named Audience Favorite Documentary.
"Precious" opens in limited release on Nov. 6, while "Air" is slated for Dec. 25.
— Paul Gaita
Photo: Gabourey Sidibe, left, and Paula Patton in "Precious." Photo credit: Lionsgate.