“Being a filmmaker is very, very hard. Being a black filmmaker is very, very hard. Being a gay black filmmaker is close to impossible.” So says director/producer Lee Daniels, one of the most successful and sought-after movie director/producers in Hollywood. With movie credits that include “The Butler,” “Precious,” “The Paperboy,” and “Shadow Boxer,” Lee has the distinction of being the only black gay man to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. He stands out as a fearless screen artist for his willingness to tackle subjects like race, gender and sexuality. He is also revered as the man who turns actresses into Oscar winners. From Halle Berry in “Monster’s Ball,” to Mo’Nique in “Precious,” to Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels has an eye for extraordinary talent.
In this NoMoreDownLow.TV, Newsbreak, we capture all of the excitement as Lee receives the Outfest/UCLA Legacy Project’s Visionary Award. It was a night that turned into a Lee love fest, as Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Raven-Symone, Guillermo Diaz and many other Hollywood players came out to salute Lee at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
WATCH NOW: Unedited speeches from Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jane Fonda and Lee Daniels.