The little indie film that went from nearly going straight to DVD, “Precious,” came full circle this evening setting a new record for success at The Black Reel Awards when it nearly completed a sweep taking home seven awards at this evening’s festivities.

Breaking the previous record of six held by three films, “Love and Basketball,” “Ray” and “Dreamgirls,” “Precious” blew away the competition by winning Outstanding Picture, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Director (Lee Daniels), Outstanding Screenplay, Original or Adapted (Geoffrey Fletcher), Outstanding Supporting Actress (Mo’Nique) and two Black Reel Awards for Gabourey Sidibe’s debut performance (Outstanding Breakthrough Performance AND Outstanding Actress). The seven awards for “Precious” makes it the most honored film in Black Reel Awards history!

The evening’s other big winners included Morgan Freeman (Outstanding Actor, “Invictus”) and Anthony Mackie (Outstanding Supporting Actor, “The Hurt Locker”) who were also first-time winners. For Freeman, the fifth time was the charm as he finally secured a Black Reel Award for his strong portrayal of former South African President Nelson Mandela in the story of a leader using sports to unite his fractured land. Mackie also finally broke through in his fourth attempt winning for his portrayal of one of the members of an Army Bomb Squad Unit, Sgt Sanborn.

Anika Noni Rose also took home two awards for Outstanding Voice Performance and Best Original Song (“Almost There”) both from “The Princess and The Frog,” while Chris Rock’s documentary detailing the history of the obsession of African-American women and their locks, “Good Hair” gave him his first Black Reel Award.

In the Independent and Television categories, winners included Tina Mabry for her dark southern story, “Mississippi Damned”(Outstanding Independent Feature), Morocco Omari’s “(Mis)leading Man” (Outstanding Independent Mini Feature) and Kirk Fraser’s basketball doc, “Without Bias.” (Outstanding Independent Feature). Television honors went to “The Nine Live of Marion Barry” that took home Outstanding Television Documentary.

But the story of the night was the utter domination of “Precious.” Falling one nomination short of tying the record set by “Dreamgirls,” the film won in every category it was nominated except for one, Outstanding Supporting Actor. It received three nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actor field alone with both Paula Patton and Mariah Carey losing to Mo’Nique, who collected her second Outstanding Supporting Actress Black Reel. Mo’Nique won her earlier award in 2003 for “Good Fences.”

The show, which was broadcast on “Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon,” featured many of the evening’s nominees including Mabry, Fraser, Ava DuVernay, Scott Sanders and “Precious” screenwriter Fletcher who accepted on behalf of Daniels, Sidibe, Mo’Nique and the rest of the talented cast.

Below are a list of the winners for the 2010 Black Reel Awards:

Outstanding Actor
Morgan Freeman | “Invictus”

Outstanding Actress
Gabourey Sidibe | “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire”

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Anthony Mackie | “The Hurt Locker”

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Mo’Nique | “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire”

Outstanding Director
Lee Daniels | “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire”

Outstanding Screenplay, Original or Adapted
Geoffrey Fletcher | “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire”

Outstanding Film
“Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” | Liongate

Outstanding Ensemble
“Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire” | Lionsgate

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance
Gabourey Sidibe | “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire”

Outstanding Original Song
“Almost There” | “The Princess and the Frog”

Outstanding Voice Performance
Anika Noni Rose | “The Princess and the Frog”

Outstanding Documentary
“Good Hair” | Roadside Attractions


Outstanding Independent Feature
“Mississippi Damned” | Tina Mabry

Outstanding Independent Mini-Feature
“(Mis)leading Man | Morrocco Omari

Outstanding Independent Documentary
“Without Bias” | Kirk Fraser


Outstanding Television Documentary
“The Nine Lives of Marion Barry” | HBO

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