Mariah hit the red carpet at the Independent
Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 21 in support of her much-herald acting role in
the soon to be released film â€œPrecious,â€ (previously titled "Push: Based
on the Novel by Sapphire") the story of a teenage girl living in Harlem
who is struggling to shape the course of her life. Walking the carpet alongside
director Lee Daniels, Mariah stated that she was "just honored to be a
part of it. It's really something that's so strong and different and I think
that it's really going to enlighten a lot of people and help a lot of
people." Mariah plays a social worker in the film with comedian Mo'Nique
and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe.
"Precious" debuted at Sundance and
quickly became the talk of Park
City, eventually earning
the Grand Jury and Audience awards.
Mariah lamented that she missed the big
Sundance moment for "Precious" at the award ceremony in Utah in January. "I
wasn't able to be there for when he won all the awards," she said before
playfully being interrupted by Daniels. "Where was she?" he mocked
the singer. "Obama was more important," he laughed, referring to
Mariah's trip to the inauguration that interfered with the Sundance
Clearly proud of the film and all its early
success, Mariah called the acclaim "great, because I know how much
[Daniels] put into the film. And all of us who participated in the movie, we
feel so attached to this."
"Precious" has been picked up for
distribution by Lionsgate and will be released later this year.