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“Precious” Win for Waterford Native

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 9:52 AM EDT
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Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher wins Best Adapted Screenplay award for "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."

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Sunday night was indeed “Precious” for the Waterford native who wrote the screenplay, “Precious,” based on Sapphire's novel "Push."

Geoffrey Fletcher’s screenplay is the story of a Harlem teen overcoming horrible abuse and neglect, based on the Novel Push by Sapphire and it won some big awards as Hollywood celebrated the best films of 2009.

He made Oscar history by becoming the first African-American to win a writing award, the Envelope reports.

His speech prompted what is considered one of Steve Martin’s best one-liners. You can hear it again here or read more about that here
 
Soon after Fletcher’s nomination became public, his phone was ringing and the e-mail box was filling up, so imagine what he’s going through on Monday.

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