What a heart-wrenching film! It really succeeds because it's so raw. Nothing is "prettied up" in the movie. Precious' life is as bad as it gets (16 with 2 kids by her father, one who is retarded, she's obese, illiterate etc etc). Definitely not for the lighthearted. As far as Oscar buzz goes, "Precious" is currently a lock for nominations for Best Picture, Actress, Supporting Actress and Adapted Screenplay. The other strong possibility is Best Director. The highlight for me was definitely Mo'Nique's performance. As a comedian, she played the evil Mary Jones so well, it's actually scary. If she doesn't win Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars, then something's really wrong.