Feb 27, 2010 10:32 AM by Associated Press
"Precious" has been named outstanding motion picture and outstanding independent film at the 41st NAACP Image Awards.
The heart-wrenching film is about an illiterate and abused teen who finds hope in a Harlem classroom.
Stars Mo'Nique and Gabby Sidibe, screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher and director Lee Daniels also won.
The Image Awards honor diversity in the arts and outstanding achievements in film, television, music and literature. Other winners included Keri Hilson, Maxwell, "Brothers" star Daryl "Chill" Mitchell and Chris Rock.
Hilson was named outstanding new artist, Maxwell won for male artist, Mitchell took the award for actor in a comedy series and Rock accepted the documentary award for his film "Good Hair."
Actor-producer Tyler Perry was honored with the Chairman's Award for his philanthropy and career achievements. Wyclef Jean received the Vanguard Award for raising funds and cultural awareness after the earthquake in Haiti. Environmental activist Van Jones received the President's Award.