Sunday, May 26, 2024

Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” Back in Theatres Friday for Oscar Run


Good news: Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” is coming back to theaters this Friday for its Oscar run in 1007 theaters. The film has made $115 million domestically. It should be a Best Picture nominee, with actor nods to Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo. Lee Daniels is in the mix for Best Director, and Danny Strong wrote one of the best screenplays of 2013. I don’t know what happened to Gladys Knight’s song written by Lenny Kravitz–that should be up for Best Song just to have Gladys on the Academy Awards. “The Butler” has a strong following in the Academy. It’s also a potential SAG ensemble nominee. And Oprah, as I said when I first saw “The Butler,” should be the Best Supporting Actress of the Year. Since I wrote that, people have said to me, Oh, she’s Oprah, she has everything, she doesn’t need it. This is ridiculous. Nothing can touch that performance!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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