December 30th, 2009
12:49 PM ET

Mariah Carey picks up her first award for 'Precious'

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After the disaster that was 2001’s “Glitter,” most critics thought Mariah Carey would go quietly into that good night and focus on her proven talent for song.

And she did, for quite awhile.

But now Mimi has proven she does have some acting chops. She has brought home her first solo award for her role as the dowdy social worker in Lee Daniels’ “Precious."

Carey accepted the Supporting Actress of the Year accolade at the 14th Annual Hollywood International Film Festival in Capri on Monday night. Next week she is expected to pick up the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. “Precious” director Daniels is scheduled to present the award.

If this proves anything, it's that Mariah plays better without all the glam and glitter.

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  1. radio

    radio music and entertainment

    July 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. thjk

    TV and entertainment

    July 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BeReal

    On the real, the movie was a C+, if that. Mariah has alway struggle in her music and life. She is beautiful, but she needs to connect back with her music and leave the film industry alone.
    The lady that played the teacher should have won the award, but wait a minute, she aint pretty, or famous, or stupid. So, I guess Mariah fits the role to win the award. How can anyone give Mariah an award for 18 minutes of film on a feature film that is marked for 120 mintues? Be real people.OK

    December 31, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Liz

    Why hate on Mariah? Whether she deserves it or not, is an opinion. Obviously though the opinion of HIFF was that she deserved it, so leave her alone and congratulate her, don't tear her down. She does a lot for charities and is a good person too, so why all the hate?

    December 31, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. VVJ

    Hey....if folk can/do/are embracing Whitney Houston's comeback....and her voice is close to broke down worthy of platinum status....then clearly doling out a few awards to Mariah Scarey (to damn scared to put some damn clothes on to cover her grown azz!) is acceptable as well... then who are we to really comment?

    December 31, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. VVJ

    Hey....if folk can/do/are embracing Whitney Houston's comeback....and her voice is close to broke down Brown....then clearly doling out a few awards to Mariah Scarey (to damn scared to put some damn clothes on to cover her grown azz!) then who are we to really comment?

    December 31, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brandy

    I agree with many of the comments about Mariah – and I'm sorry Jesse but the girl can NOT sing. And for a woman who must be loaded, she wears the cheapest, trashiest clothes ever. She dresses as if it's still the 80. Spandex should NOT be the main staple in ANYONE'S wardrobe!! However, she did do well in her part of the Precious movie. But again, since I felt that was a horrible, sad, depressing and hopeless movie, then consider the source of that compliement! The teacher and Monique did a bang up job. I would not however ever re-watch the movie nor recommend it to anyone. Horrible.

    December 31, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Brandy

    I'm not a Mariah fan, but she did a splendid job in this drab, depressing movie.

    December 31, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. BJ

    I just seen precious last night and i dont understand why she is being honored? Her part in the film was very limited and she did nothing but sit in a chair and stare, and not to be rude but I thought she should of wore more make-up too. Monique deserves an award this is by far the best role she has ever played and i was proud to see her to be able to switch from comidian to a serious actress. Oh and the lady who was a teacher and the young woman who played Precious was also great in the film. & not to hate on mariah or anything but I just didnt think her role in the movie was really meaningful or even had much to do with the film, it was very limited and i felt it could've been acted muh better. maybe she should stick to the music. but overall precious was a great movie and very realistic. Its a shame that there are people like that in the world but i guess thats just reality! This is the first Tyler Perry movie Ive ever liked! Congrats to the entire cast and much regards! – BJ

    December 31, 2009 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    Mariah who? ohhh the one with the tight outfits...yeah shes good. Didnt know she could act or sing but whatever 😛

    December 31, 2009 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. heheeaa

    i really like mariah... and she can def. sing but man shes gained some weight.... wooo

    December 31, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. j williams

    Did any of you 'watched' the movie "Precious". How can you say that Mariah deserves an award or accolades for her apperance in this movie. Granted you are a fan of hers, but lets give credit where credit is due. What did she do really?? I don't hear any cheers for the actresses that deserve an award for their outstanding performances......Mo"nique and Precious. Precious endured abuse no young lady should have to, and she played it 'superbly'

    December 31, 2009 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Debi

    Wow, this young lady is a true surviorvor. Way back when she began I didn't like her. Didn't like her as a matter of fact for quite some time. Then she came back with a vengence. She is quite the entertainer and has a powerful voice. She's obviously laughing all the way to the bank!!! You go girl!!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. judy martin

    I am not a fan of carey, she has let fame interfere with who she is. does she even remember where her roots are, she is soooooooooooooooooooo self centered

    December 31, 2009 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    She was fantastic in her scenes in Precious, but it was a small role and not a very crucial one. I wouldn't go so far as to say it was award-winning, considering the other roles in the movie, much less other movies during the year.

    December 31, 2009 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  16. Penny

    Mariah did a good job in the movie. But, Monique outshined her way more!! I hope the academy recognizes Monique too. Because she played the heck out of that role.

    December 31, 2009 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  17. Amused

    I find it very amusing that people want to dog out Mariah for past failures, but none of you fools are doing a 1quater of an iota of what she has accomplished. How dare anyone try to put someone else down! That woman has more talent in her pinky fingernail tip then most people have in the entire bodies. Either be a fan or not, you still gotta have some respect for the girl, she has pulled herself from some not very good career choices to having some of the hottest hits the last few years. So according to the charts lots of people still think her albums are listenable.

    December 31, 2009 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  18. Angie J

    Mariah was great in Precious. Her performance was very understated, but solid. Although Monique and Gabby are getting all the attention, I think her award is well deserved. She'll probably get overlooked Oscar time, but this award shouldn't be laughed at. She earned it. She should continue to earn her acting chops by going for the good supporting roles that test her. Forget the glamous shots.

    December 31, 2009 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  19. Heather Carmignani

    Mariah is awesome and who ever thinks she can not sing is completely an idiot!!!! SO STOP BEING HATERS !!!!! Obsessed is an awesome song!!!!

    December 31, 2009 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  20. enuffisenuff

    Obama gets the Nobel Peace Prize, Mariah is Supporting Actress of the Year, and is expected to win the Breakthrough Performance Award? If anyone had a Breakthrough it was Mo'Nique in a dramatic role. Geeze Louise ...

    December 31, 2009 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |

    Joe Resnick you must need a hearing aid if you think Mariah Carey music has been crap. Are you nuts or just a hater.

    December 31, 2009 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  22. Smarter Than You Are

    Why did she get the award?
    Why did she get the award?
    Why did she get the award?

    Her role was only about 10 minutes of the entire movie!!!
    Her role was only about 10 minutes of the entire movie!!!
    Her role was only about 10 minutes of the entire movie!!!

    December 30, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Lake

    Ah, this takes me back to the Pia Zadora trophy for Butterfly......! so appropriate, given Mimi's adoration for butterflies (yet she has no use for moths, and they are the same basic creature)....

    December 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Alberto

    Mariah Carey as the BEST supporting actress of the year??? Don't make me laugh!!! How much did it cost her to "win" this award? Probably as much as she pays to get her songs played on the radio. This woman is a joke. 'Precious' has some OUTSTANDING performances, Monique being at the top of the list. Mariah? Not so much. Just because she didn't have her upper lip waxed is not reason enough to win such accolades.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Luis

    She spends alot of time in Capri so there you go. I really don't care who gives her an award, she STILL CAN"T ACT!

    December 30, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  26. missywissy

    I haven't seen the movie, but I agree that Hollywood is giving way too much credit for actresses that dress down for a role and all the sudden they deserve an Oscar. Charlize Theron was the first and I thought this trend was going to end a lot sooner.

    As for Mariah's music.... it's getting worse all the time. She has an amazing voice and I don't know why she messes around, like she's trying to reinvent her voice and style all the time. Why fix it if it ain't broke?

    December 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Mike S. New Orleans

    Some folks get all the talent. Way to go Lady M.

    December 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Marie

    shake it off Mariah and keep it moving, do more movies and enhnance your talent – you did a great job

    December 30, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Dani

    I was shocked at how well Mariah did in this role. I was really impressed with her character. Taking her out of make up and letting her stand on her own as an actor was the best thing to do. Yes, her role was small, but an important one! Kudos to the director that hired her – and HUGE KUDOS to Mariah herself for proving her chops. And CONGRATS Mimi! You deserve all the awards you get for this film. I can't wait to see you in your next role.

    December 30, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Bashful

    Good job Mariah. As for Omaha Reader Mariah is the total package. If she never made Glitter you would have loved her acting. As for losing weight HA HA HA. She is so NOT big. How rude of you. Not everyone in hollywood needs to be a size 0. Actually no one needs to be a size so small you can't see them when they turn sideways.
    Some of those skinny actress cannot act there way out of a paperbag
    but just because they are super skinny (way, way too thin) with a pretty face they get acting jobs.

    December 30, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  31. mariah fan

    She still needs to prove she's worthy of an award for acting, don't get me wrong, I love her music but she needs to work on her acting if she's going to have a career in it.

    December 30, 2009 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Whatever

    The problem with Glitter is that it took itself way too seriously. Glitter was BAD, but not necessarily the worst movie ever. Her role in Precious was okay, personally i don't understand why Precious is getting so much praise, the movie didn't do anything for me, but at least it's nice to see that mariah is getting some recognition for her acting. I didn't think this role was award-worthy, but who knows, maybe this is a sign that there will be better roles and opportunities for her to shine in her acting career. I know she has potential.

    December 30, 2009 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  33. calvin

    Everyone says that "Glitter" was so terrible. I have seen much worse. It was standard, but I actually enjoyed it. I liked seeing her so natural and vulnerable in "Precious." It was the most endearing I have ever seen her. I am not sure, however, that her performance added that much to the movie such that she is deserving of an award.

    December 30, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Eddie J.

    Congrats on Mariah Carey for the great role.

    She is an amazing woman!

    December 30, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Jessie

    Black Republican needs to get a grip. Sexual abuse is not consensual, and various laws define when a person is old enough to grant consent. Children (anyone under the age of 18) commonly engage in sexual activity with themselves and peers. I know this country is just crawling out of the dark age when it comes to the normality of sex (gasp), but there is a huge different between sexual abuse and curiosity. Is education important? It’s the MOST important, and our children’s health depends on it! But your archaic, anti-human opinion pushes sex into the dark corners of society and hinders constructive dialog between adolescents, their parents, teachers, and spiritual advisors.

    December 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  36. DJ

    Good for her, I hope she wins an oscar

    December 30, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Bryan

    I am so glad Mariah won! I got to work with her a few year back here at Red Rocks in Denver. She was SO friendly and nice to all of us who worked with her back stage!!

    December 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Belinda Jones

    Wow – Go Mariah !!!
    It's amazing what happens when you have someone behind the camera who is trying to make a legitimate movie – vs. just in it for the money. Mariah had all the right people behind her with this venture. Glad it all worked out for her – she deserves to have someone watching out for her her best interests, and helping her make good business decisions. Go Mimi..., We love you in KC!

    December 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  39. lola

    Mo'Nique deserves that award. And also don't forget about Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe.

    December 30, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Omaha Reader

    'Supporting Actress of the Year'?? Are you joking??... I watched "Precious" twice already, love the movie... but Mariah's acting skills, not so much!... She needs to focus on her music. Her lastest album ('Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel') didn't do so well. It wasn't able to reach to #1 spot on the Top 200 Billboard Chart; and it fell out of the chart very quickly... She also needs to lose some weight (not much but some)... Again, this is just my opinion...

    December 30, 2009 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  41. TamOk

    I recently saw the movie 'Precious' and really don't see why everyone is raving about Mariah's performance. I guess when the bar was as low as 'Glitter' any performance is considered outstanding...

    December 30, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Duni

    How is it that she can get the award for best supporting actress and she did the least in the movie. I understand that everyone believed she reeked as an actor, and in this movies she did prove them wrong. But the other actresses within this movie, in comparison did far better then she.
    If there is a Most Improved Actress Award, give it to her. But overall, someone else, a new face could have stolen the show with her role.
    Mariah, I applaud you for your... step up. But those other ladies out-shined you. Just because they are unknowns, right now, does not mean we should leave them in the dark without an award.

    December 30, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |

    Haters, Haters, Haters, please exhale, and move on...If you can't say something, nice, You know the rest...More power to Mariah, for whatever reason!!!

    December 30, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Kenneth

    Folks, this shows what a big difference a good director can make in an actor's performance.

    Black Republican – Oprah has covered the teen sex topic many times on her show if you paid attention. She advocates parental responsibility just like any sane person. Stop pointing fingers and clean up your own house first.

    December 30, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Andrew

    Most improved, yes. Best supporting actress? Not in a million years. All that dressing down cannot make you a great actress. Seems like the award givers were more impressed with what Mariah looks like on a normal day than with her acting.

    December 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  46. JG

    I agree with MSB... It is the responsibility of the parent to not only teach our children but to model the behavior that is taught. Too often parents blame others for their poor parenting. Take control and accountability for the children you are raising.

    December 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  47. diva-sim

    And Black Republican I respect your opinion but this was not the place for that post. Do you have any comments regarding the topic at hand, Mariah?

    December 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  48. diva-sim

    Mariah did not say or do much in this movie but she did play a character completely different from what we see from her on a regular basis. I havent encountered many social workers so cannot comment on the representation. I can say that when it came to transforming into the character the writer created, she did an awesome job. Good for you, Mariah!

    December 30, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Thede Vilthatiam

    I guess these days you can win an acting award for not putting on makeup, not doing your hair, dressing like a granny, letting a moustache grow on your face, and talking with a New York accent. What a joke.

    December 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Areatha

    Good for you Mariah! You go Girl!

    December 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  51. MSB

    Black Republican - just what would you suggest that Oprah do? It's not Oprah's responsibility to "raise" our kids, It's the parents responsibility!

    December 30, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Chocolate Milk

    You go girl!!!

    December 30, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Black Republican

    PRECIOUS is a movie about an abused girl, but when are we going to see Oprah Winfrey sponsor or finance a movie about girls and boys who are abusing themselves daily by engaging in all sorts of sexual acts? No, I am not excusing parents who abuse their kids, but when are we going to stop being hypocrites and accept that our children are literally doing the same thing to themselves that parents and adults are accused of doing to them? When will Winfrey do a special on kids having sex – an adult activity – among themselves and highlight the dangers we are allowing to be created that will come back to haunt us later on? We tell kids they have to be 18 to party and 21 to drink. We tell cigarette vendors not to sell cigarettes to minors. Why? Because of the dangers! But despite the obvious dangers we let kids run wild with sex, abusing their bodies and endangering their health and life. Where is the age requirement for kids to become involved in sexual activity, whether it be opposite sex or same sex? And when these kids grow up, knowing that kids are sexually active, what are the chances of them being tempted to play the kids' field? Wake up America. Are we really doing enough to protect our kids...from themselves?

    December 30, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  54. mshawa

    I think she did ok...she should stick to singing though. "Precious" was
    a tough movie to watch.

    December 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  55. michael

    I don't understand she was in the film like for 5 minutes!?

    December 30, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Tamara

    I think most of the negative remark posters need to find some positiveness in their lives in the year 2010.

    Nobody is perfect in this lifetime, but always try to find something good to say about someone if you want to include the bad.


    December 30, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  57. jann in denver

    I didn't even recongize her in Precious. She played a good role, but I'm not sure it was an award winning performance. Good for her though!

    December 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  58. dirk Kennedy

    the beauty of Mariah's performance in Precious was that there was no performance. It was almost impossible to see mariah in there in any way.
    NO artifice, no glamour. She played a social worker and never once did i catch her "acting". Brava. Thats what its all about.

    ps if mo'nique doesnt snag an oscar for THAT. it will be a travesty.

    December 30, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  59. tommy

    Mariah did well for a singer trying to act. I have no complaints about her actual performance, but the other actors were standouts. I cant even say she added anything to the film. Mariah sat in the chair, and just asked questions. I think if Mariah's role was played by an unknown, it wouldnt get recognition. Not when you have powerful supporting actress performances by Monique and Paula Patton. Again not bad, i never watched Glitter, so i have nothing to compare her other performances to.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Richard

    Glitter was only a disaster because the movie soundtrack was release on 11 September 2001, when the movie came out 10 days later the country was still gripped in that crisis. I think the cheesiness of the film would have been fine a month earlier, but it just wasn't given a shake for being the 'serious' film it was billed as. Had they played it even slightly campy it would have been a lot more fun.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Sandra

    yes Mariah has improved but definately not enough for an award. Please the young lady who played "ms. Rain" was much better and had a bigger role than the obnoxious Ms. Carey. Please!!!!!

    December 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Natashia

    How could social workers applaud someone who just blanatly said "I had to dirty myself for the role" What did that mean Mariah..dont make comments about a profession that you have no experience with...Poor representation!!!

    December 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jessie

    Some of you are so incredibly miserable that you can't even congratulate someone for their accomplishment. Anyone who says Carey can't sing is deluding themselves. Glitter premiered on Sept. 11, 2001. Who exactly was interested in going to the movies on that day?

    December 30, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  64. arlene

    Mariah didn't do anything special in that movie. Mo'Nique was the standout performer. Mariah was just ho hum.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Kelly

    Joe Resnick, your opinion is laughable, your entitled to it, but its obvious that your tastes all in your mouth!

    December 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Juanita

    I just adore Mariah. She gave an amazing performance. The other cast members did as well.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Brenda

    Good for Mariah! She has guts to get back up and keep trying, especially after everyone wrote her professional acting obituary after Glitter. She seems happier than I've seen her in twenty years, so good for her.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Alicia

    Maybe she should focus more on acting. Her last 2 albums have been almost un-listenable. (And I consider myself a fairly big mimi fan)

    December 30, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Ryman

    There seems to be some sensitive Mariah fans… “Glitter: was terrible and “Wisegirls” wasn’t that good iether, but she proved herself here which is the point of the story. The film deserves a lot of awards so I hope her award is many for “Precious”.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Tiff

    I agree with you carol.
    Go ahead Mariah Brush your shoulders off!

    December 30, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Walt

    Why all the fuss over Mariah? Because she "glammed down" She's hardly in the movie and her acting isn't so off the charts that she's a standout. I thought the woman that played the teacher was much better than Mariah. Mariah was just OK, not a standout to me; I don't get all the acclaim. The other actors in the film were head and shoulders above Mariah.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  72. NickG

    Heck, for a bad as the movie was, it was WELL worth seeing Mariah in that bikini photo shoot scene!!!

    December 30, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Frankie W

    I don't think she did anything great, I saw Precious and she didn't do much. Mainly she just sat there looking doe-eyed and sad.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Carol

    Congrats to her. Why can't you people let go of Glitter? Is she the first person in the world to do a bad movie? Mariah was also good in Tennessee and Wisegirls. Glitter is not the only movie she did. Its just one movie. You media types are so threatened by her its downright scary. I'm glad she always picks her head up and dosen't give in to the irrational jealousy towards her. I'm glad she proved peopel wrong again.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Kelli

    Congrats to Mariah.. I am so proud of this movie and good luck at the Oscars- Monique

    December 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  76. TJ

    She also deserves a "most improved" award. Glitter was pretty bad.*
    *I own Glitter 🙁

    December 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Joe Resnick

    Mariah Carey sells herself by removing as much clothing as possible. Her music has been crap for the past decade.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  78. mariahfan

    Glitter wasn't a disaster.. she also played a pretty decent role in Wisegirls.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Diva

    Good for her! I would love to see her prove everyone wrong. She is one of those celebrities that is just always "there" – it would be great for her to have a real comeback!

    December 30, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Debra R

    every now and then Mariah shines....this is one of her better performances.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |

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