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'I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight,' explains the former 'American Idol' finalist on why she turned down offers to star in the Oscar-winning drama.
In a joint agreement, Lionsgate Films and Weinstein Co. have decided to resolve the rights to the film 'amicably'.
'Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire' scribe Geoffrey Fletcher collects Best Adapted Screenplay and actress Mo'Nique, who plays Mary Jones, is handed Best Supporting Actress.
'Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire' leads the pack of winners with five gongs, helping Gabourey Sidibe and Lee Daniels to win Best Female Lead kudo and Best Director award respectively.
The winners in motion picture category were dominated by 'Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire' which landed six kudos.
Christoph Waltz was named Best Actor of the Year through his performance in 'Inglourious Basterds' while the film's director Quentin Tarantino was honored with Dilys Powell Award.
Emily Blunt, who claimed her fame through indie movies, says she doesn't need to atone for jumping from independent projects to more commercial films.
War drama 'The Hurt Locker' is set to sweep the board at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards after landing nine top nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow.
After rejecting an offer to play a major role in 'Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire' due to scheduling conflict, rocker Lenny Kravitz has signed up Lee Daniels' two more films.
Leading the pack of winners is 'Avatar' which has taken home six nods, including Best Action Movie and Best Cinematography.
In the race for Outstanding Film - Wide Release prize, the Robert De Niro's drama comedy will compete with the Lee Daniels-directed film.
Lee Daniels-directed film 'Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire' leads the pack of nominees at NAACP Image Awards as it receives eight nods.