'Precious' Snags Audience Choice Award At TIFF

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    A raw film about an abused teen named Precious has won the audience choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    A raw film about an abused teen named Precious has won the audience choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    The harrowing tale, "Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire," snagged the coveted award Saturday, the last day of the festival.

    Before coming to Toronto, the film wowed audiences at the Sundance festival, taking the grand jury and audience awards there.

    Piers Handling, co-director of the Toronto festival, says the remarkable success of "Precious" is not unlike last year's surprise sensation, "Slumdog Millionaire."

    After winning the audience choice award in Toronto, "Slumdog" went on to sweep the big categories at the Oscars.

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