It’s hard to watch The Butler and not fast-forward to the awards speeches that are no doubt set to follow. Everything from the subject to the cast to its director’s history screams for serious attention.
In many ways, it will be well deserved. Loosely based on the life of real US presidential servant Eugene Allen, The Butler stars the always-excellent Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, an eyewitness to 34 years of political history.
It may skip so quickly through historic events that it can feel rushed and flimsy, but excellent performances elevate it to serious Oscar contender.