In this dueling blog, Moviefone's resident Oscarologist Jack Mathews and Anne Thompson, of indieWire's 'Thompson on Hollywood' column, discuss the Oscar merits of festival and indie box office hit 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.' Both agree that the inner-city drama about a sexually and emotionally abused teenage girl and the dedicated teacher who raises her self-esteem is a profoundly moving human story. But does it have the right stuff to make the Best Picture ballot for the 2009 Academy Awards?

Read the repartee on the jump.

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