Transcript for Oprah Winfrey on Oscar Buzz Surrounding 'The Butler'
Every time, lara. We're sizzling inside here. Oprah, ladies and gentlemen. We remember the oscar domination for "the color purple." And now, for lee daniels' "the butler." Thank you. Enjoying the conversation we've been having. Off camera. I can't believe it's been 15 years. And it is it true that lee -- this is what it was. Lee was persistent having we do this women. At the moim, we were trying to structure and execute the vision. I said yes because of the story. I thought the opportunity to share this movie. Told through the eyes and so beautifully by forest whitaker of the butler. Not often do you see middle-class african-american families with this kind of connection. Longevity. I had to learn to smoke. Until the very end. I wanted to have this as an offering and an opportunity as people. You know, the history lesson is accurate. It's entertaining. And funny. Cuba gooding, oh, my god. I told you, I went to the screening. I wanted to reach out to you because it stayed with me. You have a good movie, when you wake up the next day. I had seen it with an audience. To see it with an audience is to see it anew. The audience laughed a lot at me. I didn't think it was that funny. The spirit of our country during that time comes alive. And we have not seen it on film. And lee daniels -- he did. I was very nervous about acting. It's like picking up a skrumt that you haven't played in 15 years. I called susan. A great acting coach for a number of people. She took my ll. I was so excited. And came to me see. And I said, I have trouble -- I've seen that over the years. When it comes to doing it on cue. I start clutching like two weeks before. You have to cry on tuesday. I sat with susan and she had me crying. I want to play a clip, for people who don't know the story. Based on a true story. A young man grows up a sloif. She's a sharecropper. Watches his -- and it's a story about a family. It's a story about them. Let's take a look. Nothing but a rich uncle tom. Look at you. All puffed up. Cover your hair. You need to go. What? Get the hell out of my house. Everybody -- I'm sorry mr. Butler. I didn't mean to make fun of a hero. Everything you are, and everything you have, is bauds of that butler. I have to tell you, when i was watching with friends, many of us cheered when you slapped him like that. It was a moment for us, that a lot of people used to think of as budder wi er wbutlers and maids in a derogatory way. I come from a line of dpesices. And the real beauty of this movie that people come away with, is the father's way of being a warrior. That was his way. And a new generation was pushered in p. And said, that's another our way anymore. We don't want to be called colored. We want changes. And believe we deserve them. And the father had to go and accept them. And both were right. And it came to it in a kimpbt way. What is remarkable. There's talk about how far we have to do and what we need to do. In this movie, we got to see the beauty of america. Friday.
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