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LEE DANIELS (Director) is perhaps best known for his Academy Award-winning drama Precious. Adapted from the bestselling novel Push by Sapphire (a.k.a. Ramona Lofton), Precious was nominated for six Oscars including Best Director and Best Picture. It notched wins in the Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.

Daniels' next project is The Butler, which he directed from a script co-written with Emmy-nominated writer Danny Strong. The film is inspired by the life of former White House butler Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker), who served eight U.S. presidents during his tenure. The all-star cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Vanessa Redgrave, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard and Lenny Kravitz.

Daniels' production company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, made its feature film debut with Monster's Ball (2001), starring Halle Berry in an Oscar-winning performance (Best Actress). Daniels also produced The Woodsman (2004), which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. The film received the CICAE Arthouse Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Jury Prize at the Deauville International Film Festival and the National Board of Review's Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking.

Shadowboxer (2005), starring Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr., marked Daniels' directorial debut. Following the film's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Daniels was nominated for the New Directors Award at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival.

Next for Daniels was Precious (2009), which was only the third film to win both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Daniels became the first African American to be nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures. The film also garnered five 2010 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature and Best Director.

What's more, Precious received three Golden Globe nominations, including one for Best Motion Picture: Drama. The film won six NAACP Image Awards including Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television).


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