Acclaimed filmmaker and television producer Lee Daniels has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
As co-creator of Fox’s hit drama, “Empire,” Daniels’ work has won Oscar nominations and awards. He received a best director Oscar nomination in 2010 for “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.”
Mo’Nique Hicks won an Oscar for best supporting actress in “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,” and Gabourey Sidibe, who starred in the lead role in the same film, was nominated as best actress. Sidibe, who currently plays the role of Becky Williams on “Empire,” was among the well wishers joining Daniels at the ceremony, held on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hudson Apartments.
Daniels dedicated his star to his mother, who was present, and said, “She’s instilled faith in me” … “And I dedicate this star to my mom. I love you.”
Daniels’ production company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, made its feature film debut with the 2001 release of “Monster’s Ball,” which brought Halle Berry a best actress Oscar.
In 2005, Daniels made his directing debut with “Shadowboxer,” a crime thriller starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Mirren.
His most recent film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” about a black butler (Forest Whitaker) who served at the White House from 1957 to 1986, held the No. 1 box office spot for three consecutive weeks.
Daniels’ latest project, “Star,” a story of 3 women struggling to build singing careers in Atlanta, stars Queen Latifah, and debuted on Fox Dec. 14.