Oscar-nominated producer and director Lee Daniels will be honored at the 14th annual American Black Film Festival in June, according to Blackvoices.com.
At the festival’s closing event on June 26 in Miami, Daniels will be given the Career Achievement Award in recognition of his talent and success.
Daniels’ recognition will be the highlight of the annual awards ceremony, where artists are honored for their stories dealing with people of color.
Over the past year, Daniels has received critical praise for his film “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” which garnered six Oscar nominations. Among those Oscar nominations was Daniels’ nod for Best Director, making him only the second African-American to receive a nomination in that category.
Daniels’ 2001 drama “Monster’s Ball” received two Grammy nominations and two Oscar nominations including, Best Original Screenplay and a Best Actress nomination for leading lady Halle Berry, which she won. The Oscar nomination and award made Daniels the first African-American producer of an Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated film.
Daniels is currently gearing up for production of “Selma,” a biopic chronicling the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The film is set to be released in 2011.