*The New York Daily News claims that “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe took offense to part of an acceptance speech from her director Lee Daniels at the NAACP Image Awards.
“No one in Hollywood told me they wanted to see a movie about a 350-pound black girl who had HIV,” Daniels told the audience while accepting his trophy for best film. Realizing that he’d possibly embarrassed his full-figured star, he stuttered at Sidibe and the audience, “She’s not 350 pounds. … Gabby… But the book says. … “
The Daily News reported Sunday:
The Oscar-nominated actress grew noticeably upset, shaking her head at the director’s comment, but it isn’t the first time the 26-year-old has had to endure a stinging blow because of her weight.
Gabby was excited Vanity Fair included her in their Young Hollywood March issue, but felt not being included on the cover was a snub and it was due to the way she looks,” says an insider. “After all, she’s up for an Oscar —how many of the nine thin actresses who were on the cover can say the same?”
But Brooklyn-born Sidibe — who picked up her own NAACP award for best leading role in a movie — has found a graceful way to take each slight in stride.
“Daniels kept apologizing in front of the crowd, and even though Gabby was upset by his comment, she still accepted his apology. She was like, ‘Okay. I wanted that in there. Thank you,’ ” says a source. “It’s not like this was the first time someone has made a hurtful remark about her weight, even unintentionally.”
Meanwhile, it appears as if Vanity Fair tried to make up for Gabby’s absence on its March cover by adding her as a last-minute surprise on the red carpet of its “Character Approved” Award party, which was held Thursday at the IAC building in New York City.
“She wasn’t expected at the magazine’s event, but dropped in to say hi to Maggie [Gyllenhaal],” says a spy. “The two were giggling and whispering like best friends, and Gabby seemed like a veteran when it came to fitting in with the Hollywood crowd.”