Gabourey Sidibe was a student pursuing a degree in psychology when she was cast as the lead role Precious in Lee Daniels' film PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE. For her role as Precious, Sidibe received an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She also garnered Best Actress nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, Broadcast Film Critics, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The National Board of Review awarded her with the Breakthrough Performance Award and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival honored Sidibe with the Vanguard Award for "...taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film." Sidibe was awarded both The Film Independent Independent Spirit Award and the NAACP Image Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
Sidibe recently starred in Universal Film's TOWER HEIST opposite Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller for director Brett Ratner. In addition, she can soon be seen in Victoria Mahoney's film YELLING TO THE SKY, which world premiered at The Berlinale Film Festival and had its U.S. Premiere at SXSW. Sidibe also had the distinct honor of hosting SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.