Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels is a film producer and director known for his critically acclaimed work. In 2001, he produced Monster's Ball, for which Halle Berry won an Academy Award for Best Actress. Daniels also produced festival favorite The Woodsman, starring Kevin Bacon and Mos Def. As a director, he made a major impact with Precious (2009), a dark film about an obese teen (Gabourey Sidibe) who suffers sexual abuse at the hands of her father. The film earned Daniels an Academy Award nomination for Best Director and a Best Supporting Actress award for Mo'Nique.

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Empire Co-Creator Says Mo'Nique Was Never Offered Role

The Oscar winner said she was supposed to play Taraji P. Henson's character, Cookie.

Terrence Howard Is 'Mad' He Can't Say the N-Word on Empire

Actor feels censorship is a "gate for bigotry."

Mo'Nique: Lee Daniels Told Me 'You've Been Blackballed'

The Oscar winner on her post-Precious career.

Lee Daniels Says Empire Was Inspired by the Kennedys

Filmmaker shoots down rumors that Diddy or Jay Z influenced show.

Report: Diddy Bans Son From Guest-Starring on Empire

Real-life rap mogul pulled the plug over music rights.

Lee Daniels Recruits Denzel Washington for Cast of Empire

The director woos the Oscar winner over dinner.
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