Is 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Oscar Bound?

Although the highly anticipated fanboy fave Kick-Ass 2 is expected to dominate the weekend box office, one of the big surprise hits in the next few days may be the historical drama Lee Daniels' The Butler. The film is currently number two in daily ticket sales on Fandango.

This period saga portrays a White House butler (Forest Whitaker) as he serves seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. The film has received mostly positive reviews on RottenTomatoes and MetaCritic and is generating buzz as a potential contender in the 2014 Oscar race.

Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger hosted its official Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences screening last weekend, and reports that the Oscar voters responded to the film with a standing ovation.

"The Academy crowd absolutely loved The Butler, giving standing ovations to Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and director Lee Daniels," says Karger. "I also hosted the Q&A for Les Miserables last year and the response was equally enthusiastic. So The Butler could also end up a major Oscar player."

Tell us in the comments section below if you're among those moviegoers scooping up tickets to see Lee Daniels' The Butler this weekend.

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