Summary: As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.
Status: After a bizarre title controversy and a sugar-coated trailer it was hard to see “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” as an awards contender. But after the mostly-positive reviews, the strong box-office, and backing from The Weinstein Company it is hard not to see some strong award potential.
Director: Lee Daniels
Writer: Danny Strong, Wil Haygood
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., James Marsden
Cinematographer: Andrew Dunn
Production Designer: Tim Galvin
Editor: Joe Klotz
Original Music: Rodrigo Leao