A couple weeks ago Precious cleaned up at the African-American Film Critics Association awards. It took home the prize for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. But Gabourey Sidibe, who was nominated for best actress, did not win. And that’s the cause of controversy.
Apparently Sidibe should have won based on the ballots, but AAFCA co-counder Gil Robertson IV didn’t care about the ballots. Instead he gave the award to American Violet star Nicole Beharie in an attempt to please the film’s producers. At least that’s what his critics are saying. Robertson denies any wrongdoing and Sidibe was too busy working on her Oscar acceptance speech to comment.
Insiders Claim ‘Precious’ Star Was Cheated Out of Award [Showbiz 411/THR]