I’m too whipped to review Lee DanielsPrecious (the Taking Woodstock piece did me in) but it’s an immensely sad, fully felt and deeply compassionate film with solid performances up and down, especially from Mariah Carey (much better than I expected, her best performance ever) as a welfare worker and Mo’Nique as the all-time champion mom-from-hell. I attended a Precious luncheon today from 12:40 to 1:50 pm; took this right before the press conference part began.

(l. to r.) Precious costars Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, director Lee Daniels, star Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe, screenwriter Damien Paul.