1. Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
No movie this year hit me harder than this powerhouse, named for an obese Harlem teen (glorious newcomer Gabourey Sidibe) knocked up by her daddy, battered by her mother (an Oscar-ready Mo'Nique) and laughed at by a world that looks right through her. Director Lee Daniels makes sure you look this time. And he does it with a command of filmmaking that breaks new ground. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire is one of a kind.