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Gabourey Sidibe

Sidibe at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Born May 6, 1983 (1983-05-06) (age 26)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present

Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe (pronounced /ˈɡæbʉrˌeɪ ˈsɪdɨˌbeɪ/; born May 6, 1983) is an actress who made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, a role that garnered her a nomination for a Best Actress Academy Award.

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Life and career

Sidibe, born in Brooklyn, New York, was raised in Bedford Stuyvesant.[1] Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is an African-American R&B and gospel singer, and her Senegal-born father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a cab driver.[2] She has attended several New York City area colleges: Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and Mercy College.[3]

In Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, Sidibe plays the central character, Precious, a physically and sexually abused sixteen-year old with a four year old child by her own father and another one on the way. The film won numerous awards, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award.[4]

She has finished shooting her next film, Yelling to the Sky, a Sundance Lab project directed by Victoria Mahoney and starring Zoe Kravitz, in which she plays a bully.[5]

On December 15, 2009 she was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in Precious. On February 2, 2010, Sidibe was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2009 Precious Claireece "Precious" Jones NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Breakthrough Performance
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Hollywood Film Award for Rising Star Award
Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Actress
National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance Female
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent
Women's Film Critics Circle Award for Best Young Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Alliance of Woman Film Journalists Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — St Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Actress
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble
2010 Yelling to the Sky Latonya Williams (post-production)
The Big C Unknown TV series. (post-production)

References

  1. ^ Stated on the Late Show with David Letterman, November 9, 2009
  2. ^ Williams, Kam (2009-11-10). "Gabby Sidibe "Precious" Interview with Kam Williams". NewsBlaze. http://newsblaze.com/story/20091109180950kamw.nb/topstory.html. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  3. ^ Gabourey Sidibe profile
  4. ^ "Push' takes Sundance grand jury award" Ed Zeitchik, Hollywood Reporter, January 24, 2009
  5. ^ Yadegaran, Jessica (2009-11-12), "Gabourey Sidibe on being 'Precious'", San Jose Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com/movies-dvd/ci_13763264, retrieved 2009-11-15 

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