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Director: Lee Daniels -- Based on the novel "Push," "Precious" looks at the trials and tribulations of a Harlem teen pregnant with her second child, dealing with her abusive mother and looking for a way out. Why: "Precious" is going into Toronto with possibly the strongest buzz of any fall film thanks to a number of factors. The film received both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize from Sundance and also boasts power producers in Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Oscar chances: Best picture and adapted screenplay nominations seem likely for this drama, as do possible acting nominations for Mo'Nique and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe.Lionsgate