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Mariah Carey can thank her lucky stars because it looks like Hollywood is giving her a reprieve for her earlier disastrous film roles in Glitter and Wise Girls.

Her moment of regained glory comes in the upcoming film entitled Precious, co-produced by two entertainment powerhouses, Oprah and Tyler Perry.  I assume that with that kind of backing, it would be pretty hard to fail.

In Precious, a film based on the novel Push by Sapphire, Carey takes on a supporting role as social worker to the film’s main character and namesake.  Precious, who is played and mastered by debut actress Gabourey Sidibe, is a morbidly obese, troubled teen dealing with various types of abuse which culminates with her being raped and impregnated for the second time by her own father.  This incestuous sexual abuse is compounded by the mental and verbal abuse that Precious faces from her mother (played by Mo’nique) who is quite aware of what is happening in her household, but is too desperate to keep her husband to do anything in opposition to his actions; instead she takes her frustrations out on Precious, who despite it all finds the determination to fight her way through the struggle with the help of an involved teacher (played by Paula Patton) and Carey’s character.

Carey, tackles her role with surprising intensity, appearing both believable and sincere and apparently the critics have picked up on it.  Specifically, Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar watchers Dave Karger and Missy Schwartz have marked the film as one to watch for in the upcoming 2010 Academy Awards, and expect Carey to be an Oscar contender.

We applaud Carey on her accomplishments and contributions to this film, as well as her ability to function without her globs of makeup and I’m-perfect swag for long enough to film all of her scenes.  Who knew those sunglasses even came off?

Best of luck Mimi. We’re rooting for you!

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