Lee Daniels to receive Hollywood Director Award

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

The Butler
The movie poster for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, in which actor Forest Whitaker plays a butler who serves the White House for over 30 years.

Lee Daniels is no stranger to attracting positive attention for his beautiful and soul-shaking films. After all, in 2001, he was a producer on Monster’s Ball, where Halle Berry’s performance led her to become the first (and as of 2013, the only) black actress to receive an Oscar at the 2002 Academy Awards. His film Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, was nominated for six Oscars, including best director and best picture. Last year’s The Paperboy, which he wrote and directed, snagged a best actress Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations for Nicole Kidman.

Now, Daniels will receive the Hollywood Director Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards on October 21, for his movie The Butler. The film, which was released on August 16, has earned more money than any other films he’s done.

The founder of the Hollywood Film Awards, Carlos De Abreu, is proud of Daniels. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Abreu said, “It’s a great honor for us to recognize Lee’s outstanding work with our top directing honor of the year. His tremendous vision and versatility provides us with films that are both critical and box office successes.”

Featured image courtesy of Rio Film Festival Facebook. Image of The Butler courtesy of Lee Daniels’ The Butler Facebook.