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Lee Daniels (né Lee Louis Daniels, le 24 Décembre 1959, à Philadelphie, Pennsylvania, USA) est unproducteur et réalisateur Américain célèbre pour son film Monster’s Ball, nominé aux Oscars ainsi que Precious avec Gabourey Sidibé (actrice américaine de père sénégalais).

Comme le dit Jake COYLE d’Associated Presse, Lee Daniels (avec son film « Precious: Based on the Novel’Push’ by Sapphire ») est seulement le second cinéaste noir a être nominé comme Meilleur Réalisateur, depuis 81 ans qu’existent les Academy Awards (Oscar). John Singleton, en 1992 avec « Boys N the Hood, » était le premier. Spike Le e a été nominé que pour la catégorie Meilleur Scénariste ou alors Meilleur Réalisateur de documentaire.
Diversity reigns in Oscar-nominated directors
By JAKE COYLE AP Entertainment Writer
Posted: 02/02/2010 02:39:13 PM PST
Updated: 02/02/2010 02:39:14 PM PST

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Lee Daniels (b. Lee Louis Daniels, December 24, 1959, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American film producer and director best known for his Academy Award-nominated film Monster’s Ball and directing Precious, the film adaptation of the novel Push, by Sapphire for which he received 2 nominations for the Academy Award for Best Director (the second time an African American was honored in such a way) and the Academy Award for Best Picture..

Daniels was born in Philadelphia and attended Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri. He began his career in entertainment as a casting director and manager after a chance meeting with a Hollywood producer, working on projects such as Under the Cherry Moon and Purple Rain. He continued managing talent that included several Academy Award nominees and winners.

Monster’s Ball, the first production of Lee Daniels Entertainment, marked Daniels as the first African-American sole producer of an Academy Award-earning film. It became a substantially critical and box office success. Monster’s Ball was nominated for two Academy Awards in 2002: Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress, for which Halle Berry won an Oscar.
Lee Daniels with his children in 2007.

Daniels’ next producing effort was The Woodsman starring Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick and Mos Def. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. Nominated for three 2005 Independent Spirit Awards, the film received the CICAE Arthouse Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; Jury Prize, Deauville International Film Festival and Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review.

Daniels made his directorial debut in 2006 with Shadowboxer, which starred Helen Mirren, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Stephen Dorff, Vanessa Ferlito, Mo’Nique, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Macy Gray. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and received a nomination for the New Directors Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Daniels produced the 2008 film Tennessee, which was written by Russell Schaumberg and directed by Aaron Woodley (Rhinoceros Eyes). The film is about two brothers, played by Adam Rothenberg and Ethan Peck, who travel from New Mexico to Tennessee to search for their estranged father. Along the way they meet Krystal (Mariah Carey), an aspiring singer who flees her controlling husband (Lance Reddick) to join them on their journey.

Outside of his work in film, Daniels briefly delved into politics and community development. Upon the request of Harlem neighbor and former president Bill Clinton, Daniels produced public service announcements to inspire young people of color to vote. The effective campaign was launched in March 2004 and featured actor/musician LL Cool J and Grammy winner Alicia Keys.

Daniels, who is based in New York City, is the father of two children, Clara Infinity and Liam Samad. He identifies as gay.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Daniels

Lee Daniels (« Precious: Based on the Novel’Push’ by Sapphire ») is only the second black filmmaker to be nominated for best director in the 81-year-history of the Academy Awards. John Singleton, in 1992 for « Boys N the Hood, » was the first.
Diversity reigns in Oscar-nominated directors
By JAKE COYLE AP Entertainment Writer
Posted: 02/02/2010 02:39:13 PM PST
Updated: 02/02/2010 02:39:14 PM PST