In a surprise move, the film "Precious: based on the novel Push by Sapphire", beat out all the competition for best adapted screenplay, including the writer's guild award winner "Up in the Air". The writer, Goeffrey Fletcher, thanked everyone involved in the production including his mother, and "everyone who always works in their dreams". The win surprised everyone, increasing the chance's for the film to win best picture.
"Precious" tells the story of an overweight illiterate girl in Harlem as she learns to manage her education (or lack of it), her children and her monstrous mother. It surprised everyone to see the film win this category, including the writer who was speechless and emotional. "Up in the air", which also won the Globe for best adapted screenplay, tells the story of George Clooney's character Ryan Bingham as he goes around life making airport connections. The film was a favorite at one point of the season, but lost its buzz as time passed.
Mo'nique also won in the best supporting actress category, after a complete winning streak including the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild award, and all major critic's circles. The actress wearing a beautiful blue dress thanked the academy "for showing it can be about the performance and not the politics... Tyler Perry and Oprah because you touched and the whole world saw... to my amazing husband Sidney who told me that sometimes you have to forgone whats popular for what's right".
Other winners include "The hurt locker" for best original screenplay, Christoph Waltz for best supporting actor, "Star Trek" for best makeup, The Weary Kind for best song for the film "Crazy Heart", "Logorama" for best animated short film, "The new tenants" for best short film live action, and "Music by Prudence" for best documentary short.