'Precious' dominates Spirit Awards with 5 prizes

March 6, 2010 1:57:02 PM PST
The Harlem drama "Precious" has won five prizes at the Spirit Awards honoring independent film, including best picture and trophies for stars Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique and director Lee Daniels. Sidibe won best actress Friday for "Precious: Based on the Novel `Push' by Sapphire," playing an illiterate teen pulling herself out of an abyss of neglect and abuse. Mo'Nique earned the supporting-actress honor as the girl's loathsome mother.

Jeff Bridges won best actor for the country-music tale "Crazy Heart" and Woody Harrelson won supporting actor for the war-on-terror drama "The Messenger."

"Precious" swept every category for which it was nominated, including best screenplay by a first-time writer for Geoffrey Fletcher.