Could Oprah Winfrey win Best Supporting Actress at the Oscar Awards for her role in “Lee Daniel’s The Butler?” Roger Friedman seems to think so in the glowing review he gave the movie, particularly Oprah’s powerful performance. Winfrey plays Gloria Gaines, the wife of White House butler Forest Whitaker.
Gloria is a bit of a boozer, fools around, and isn’t such a good wife for quite a while.
Oprah is simply off the charts mesmerizing as Gloria. It’s as if she’d been acting this whole time. (Some will say she has been, but I disagree.) Among the many powerful performances in this landmark movie, Winfrey jumps out because of her long absence from the screen. People in our showing–which was a very good cross-section of black and white, young and old– people were crying through this movie. And Oprah gets a scene stealing Oscar moment that is going to take her right into every awards show. If I had to bet now, I’d say she wins Best Supporting Actress. She’s that good.
So this isn’t a full review of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” because it’s about a week or so too soon. This is just an observation. And by the way, among the audience were none other than Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer. Mike gave the movie a hearty thumbs up on the way out. He wasn’t the only one.