Gabourey Sidibe is an American actress best known for her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that brought her a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress.
Sidibe was a student pursuing a degree in psychology when she was cast as the lead role Precious in the Lee Daniels film Precious: Based On The Novel "Push" By Sapphire.
For her role as Precious, Sidibe received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She also garnered Best Actress nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, Broadcast Film Critics, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
The National Board of Review awarded her with the Breakthrough Performance Award and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival honored her with the Vanguard Award for "...taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film."
She was also nominated for Breakthrough Performance at the MTV Movie Awards.
Sidibe filmed the Sundance Lab film Yelling To The Sky and hosted Saturday Night Live.
While she never studied theatre, she has spent time on stage, participating in plays put on by the theatre department at Lehman College in the Bronx. She also appeared in the musical revue Uptown Serenade, in which she sang two Ella Fitzgerald songs.
Though her acting career is a surprise to her, she is excited to pursue it and says the she has "fallen in love" with her work.