Lee DanielsIn the Oscar best picture race, there are the giants (um, 'Avatar') versus the smaller passion projects. 'Precious,' helmed by nominated director Lee Daniels, falls into the latter category.

But that doesn't could them out of the race. With 10 films nominated for the night's biggest award, "it could be anybody," Daniels says, "which makes for a really good show." We couldn't agree more.

Moviefone talked to the director (who talked back at us in his best Mr. Moviefone voice!) about being only the second African-American director to be nominated for an Academy Award, having Oprah in his iPhone and taking the blame for that whole drunken incident with Mariah Carey. Lee DanielsIn the Oscar Best Picture race, there are the giants (um, 'Avatar') versus the smaller passion projects. 'Precious,' helmed by nominated director Lee Daniels, falls into the latter category.

But that doesn't count them out of the race. With 10 films nominated for the night's biggest award, "It could be anybody," Daniels says, "which makes for a really good show." We couldn't agree more.

Moviefone talked to the director (who talked back at us in his best Mr. Moviefone voice!) about being only the second African-American director to be nominated for an Academy Award, having Oprah in his iPhone and taking the blame for that whole drunken incident with Mariah Carey.