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Precious -- 'the movie no one wanted to see' -- sweeps the board at black Oscars

Independent movie Precious swept the "black Oscars" winning six trophies including best movie and best actress for newcomer Gabourey Sidibe.

The harrowing tale of an abused, obese Harlem teen also brought an NAACP Image award for comedy actress Mo'Nique, whose performance as a manipulative mother is the favourite for a best supporting actress Oscar next month.

Precious also won for best independent movie and Lee Daniels picked up the best director prize.

The oldest US civil rights organisation, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, has given out the Image awards for 41 years to honour black people in TV, film, music and literature.

An emotional Sidibe dedicated her award to "all the Precious girls everywhere. This is for you," she said.

Daniels said big Hollywood studios told him repeatedly that "no one wanted to see a movie about a 350-pound black girl, struggling with HIV."

Morgan Freeman won best actor for playing former South African President Nelson Mandela in Invictus and R&B star Mary J Blige won two music awards for best female artist and best album.