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'Precious' named top film by African-American Film Critics Assn.

December 14, 2009 |  1:45 pm

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The harrowing drama “Precious,Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" was named best picture of 2009 Monday by the African-American Film Critics Assn. The film also won best director for Lee Daniels, supporting actress for Mo’Nique and screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher. The latter tied in the screenplay category with Ron Clements, Rob Edwards and John Musker for “The Princess and the Frog.”

 Morgan Freeman was selected best actor for “Invictus,” while Nicole Beharie was named best actress for “American Violet.”

The AAFCA, which was founded in 2003, also gave a Special Achievement Award to Michael Jackson for “This Is It.” Besides “Precious,” the organization’s list of top 10 films are “The Princess and the Frog,” “Up in the Air,” “The Hurt Locker,” “This Is It,” “American Violet,” “Goodbye Solo,” “Medicine for Melancholy,” “Good Hair” and “Up.”

The honors will be presented this evening during the group’s first live event at the Ebony Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles.

-- Susan King

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Photo: Lenny Kravitz, left, and Gabourey Sidibe in "Precious"  Credit: Anne Marie Fox / Lionsgate
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