Film: Lee Daniels’ The Butler

ButlerArtisticPosterNewfinal590full1Lee Daniels’ The Butler
(Aug 16 2013; The Weinstein Company)

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.

Oscar Prospects: Best Picture, Best Supporting ActressBest Costume Design,

Runner Up: Best ActorBest Supporting Actor, Best Adapted ScreenplayBest Makeup and Hairstyling

Long Shots: Best Director, Best CinematographyBest Film Editing, Best Original ScoreBest Production Design

IMDB

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.

MetaCritic: 66

The Players

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

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