The director will be honored at the org’s ninth annual Legacy Awards Nov. 21 at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre. The event is a fundraiser to support the eight-year-old Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, which as over 30,000 pieces of material.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, has grossed $112 million domestically since TWC released it in August.
“I am extremely flattered and humbled to be receiving this year’s Visionary Award,” Daniels said. “Outfest is an extraordinary organization, and I cannot stress enough the importance of its mission. In both my professional and personal life, I constantly strive to represent and provide a voice for the LGBT community, and I am so honored that the Legacy Awards have selected me as this year’s recipient.”
Previous recipients include Bruce Cohen, Roland Emmerich, the team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Adam Shankman and Judith Light.