By the time Daniels was 21, the aspiring screenwriter owned a nursing agency in Hollywood and eventually sold it, turning a pretty profit and using the proceeds to bankroll Monster's Ball (2001), his first project as a film producer. He also worked briefly as a casting director.
Daniels made his directorial debut with the acclaimed indie Shadowboxer (2005). But his sophomore effort, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, cemented his reputation as a rising cinematic force. The film earned multiple Oscar nominations, including a Best Director nod for Daniels, who became the second African-American to earn that honor.
Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker delivers a powerful performance as Cecil Gaines, who served as the White House butler under eight presidents. His three decades of service unfold against a backdrop of unparalleled change in American history.