2019 Celebrity Guest - Gabourey Sidibe

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The Macon Film Festival is excited to announce their special guest for the 14th annual festival will be Academy Award Nominee Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, who made her film debut as the title character in Lee Daniels’ 2009 Academy Award nominated film Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. She will screen the film, as well as her own directorial debut short film The Tale of Four, Saturday, August 17, at 7 p.m., at Macon’s Grand Opera House, followed by Q&A with the audience. 

“We’re so happy to welcome Gabby as this year’s special guest,” said Macon Film Festival President Priscilla Esser. “She represents a new era of women in film with her fresh perspective and authentic voice as an actor, director and critically acclaimed author.” This year’s festival has more selections by female filmmakers than ever before. 

For her role as "Precious," Sidibe received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress, as well as SAG, Broadcast Film Critics and BAFTA nominations. She won the Independent Spirit Award and an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress, the Breakthrough Performance Award from The National Board of Review and the Vanguard Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

 Fans of the Emmy Award-nominated anthology series "American Horror Story" will recognize Sidibe from her memorable roles on several seasons of that show. Other television credits include all seasons of the Golden Globe Award-nominated series "The Big C," opposite Laura Linney. She also played the role of 'Denise,' alongside Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner, in all three seasons of Hulu's hilarious "Difficult People." She can currently be seen in her series regular role as 'Becky' on the smash hit series "Empire."  In 2010, Sidibe had the distinct honor of hosting "Saturday Night Live." 

As part of Refinery29's groundbreaking Shatterbox series, Sidibe made her directorial debut with the short film "The Tale of Four." The film won the Audience Award for favorite narrative short at both Urban World and the Black Star Film Festival. Most recently, she directed episode 513 of EMPIRE.

“Since her breakout role as Precious, she’s become a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry and we are thrilled for her to share her stories and inspire our festival audience,” said Esser.

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