When it came time for Oprah Winfrey to introduce Best Actress nominee Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious"), we weren't entirely sure what to expect. But what we got was a moving tribute to the young star who has only begun her Hollywood journey. "On Monday, she skipped school to audition for a movie called 'Precious.' On Tuesday, they called her back to meet the director, Lee Daniels. On Wednesday, she got the part," Oprah said. "And tonight, she is sitting at the Academy Awards in the same category as Meryl Streep. I'll tell you, if that isn't a Hollywood fairytale, I don't know what is...When we look at you, we see a true American Cinderella, on the threshold of a brilliant new career. And 'Precious' is but the first of many adjectives coming your way-- and they are all great."
-- Marisa Roffman, Zap2it