Lee Daniels' The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama movie directed by Lee Daniels. It is based on Eugene Allen, who served as a White House butler during eight American presidencies from 1952 to 1986. It was the last movie produced by Laura Ziskin.
|Lee Daniels' The Butler|
|Directed by||Lee Daniels|
|Produced by||Lee Daniels
|Screenplay by||Danny Strong
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
|Music by||Rodrigo Leão|
|Editing by||Joe Klotz|
|Studio||Laura Ziskin Productions
Windy Hill Pictures
|Distributed by||The Weinstein Company|
|Release date(s)||August 16, 2013|
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.
- Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines. Aml Ameen portrays a young Cecil Gaines
- Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines
- Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Carter Wilson
- Terrence Howard as Howard
- David Oyelowo as Louis Gaines
- Vanessa Redgrave as Annabeth Westfall
- Alex Pettyfer as Thomas Westfall
- Mariah Carey as Hattie Pearl
- Yaya DaCosta as Carol Hammie
- Colman Domingo as Freddie Fallows
- Clarence Williams III as Maynard
- Robin Williams as President Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Melissa Leo as First Lady Mamie Eisenhower (scenes deleted)
- James Marsden as President John F. Kennedy
- Minka Kelly as First Lady Jackie Kennedy
- Liev Schreiber as President Lyndon B. Johnson
- Wanda Leigh as First Lady Lady Bird Johnson (scenes deleted)
- John Cusack as President Richard Nixon
- Alan Rickman as President Ronald Reagan
- Jane Fonda as First Lady Nancy Reagan
- Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Alex Manette as White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman
- Lenny Kravitz as James Holloway
- Marco St. John as Chief Justice Warren E. Burger
- Jesse Williams as civil rights activist James Lawson
- Ray Gaspard as Pat Buchanan
- Orlando Eric Street as President Barack Obama (scenes deleted)
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|Hollywood Film Awards||Best Director||Lee Daniels||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|
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