No Oscars chat for Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe is trying not to think about the forthcoming Oscars.
The newcomer, who made her acting debut in the lead role in Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire, has already scooped a best actress nomination at the Golden Globes, and is hotly tipped for the Academy Awards.
"I don't usually think about it, that would be amazing, but I don't feel like Helen Mirren - it's incredible that anyone would mention our tiny film and me in the same breath as the word 'Oscar'," she said.
Gabourey - known as Gabby - is stunned by the impact that the film, directed by Lee Daniels and also starring Mariah Carey, Mo'Nique and Lenny Kravitz, has made.
"It's amazing. We did a small movie with a small budget, and we didn't know if anyone would ever see it," said the 26-year-old.
"We're just so grateful that we've been able to reach enough people to make a difference. I don't know if we've made a difference yet, but people will come up and thank us at screenings, because this is their story."
:: Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire is released in cinemas on Friday January 29.