The Butler

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Lee Daniels' The Butler
Directed byLee Daniels
Produced byLee Daniels
Cassian Elwes
Buddy Patrick
Pam Williams
Laura Ziskin
Screenplay byDanny Strong
Lee Daniels
Based onA Butler Well Served by This Election
by Will Haygood
StarringForest Whitaker
Oprah Winfrey
Liev Schreiber
John Cusack
Jane Fonda
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Terrence Howard
Lenny Kravitz
James Marsden
David Oyelowo
Alan Rickman
Mariah Carey
Robin Williams
Music byRodrigo Leão
CinematographyAndrew Dunn
Edited byJoe Klotz
Production
company
Laura Ziskin Productions
Windy Hill Pictures
Distributed byThe Weinstein Company
Release date
  • August 16, 2013 (2013-08-16)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$25 million

Lee Daniels' The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama movie directed by Lee Daniels.[1] It is based on Eugene Allen, who was a White House butler during eight American presidencies from 1952 to 1986.[2] It was the last movie produced by Laura Ziskin.[3]

Synopsis[change | change source]

The fictional Cecil Gaines is based on Eugene Allen who worked at the White House during eight presidential terms from 1952 to 1986. He started as a "pantry man," was promoted to butler, and then Maître d'hôtel.

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Awards
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
Hollywood Film Awards Best Director Lee Daniels Won
Spotlight David Oyelowo Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic Movie Nominated
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress Oprah Winfrey Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oprah Winfrey Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Forest Whitaker Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Oprah Winfrey Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture Forest Whitaker Pending
Best Actress in Supporting Role Oprah Winfrey Pending
Best Art Direction & Production Design Diane Lederman, Tim Galvin Pending

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 Nordyke, Kimberly (7 May 2013). "'The Butler' Trailer: Oprah Winfrey Plays 'Proud' Wife to Forest Whitaker (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  2. Child, Ben (9 May 2013). "The Butler trailer: Oprah Winfrey in the White House". Guardian UK. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. "Citing its 1916 silent film short Warner Bros. blocking Harvey Weinstein from using 'The Butler' title on Lee Daniels film". Deadline.com. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Johnson, Terence. "Awards Profile: The Butler". Awards Circuit. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Labrecque, Jeff (8 May 2013). "'The Butler': The new trailer showcases Oscar-winning actors tackling history -- VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Full Credits for Lee Daniels' The Butler". IMDb.com. Retrieved 30 July 2013.

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