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Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

Forest Whitaker as "Cecil Gaines"

After leaving the South as a young man and finding employment at an elite hotel in Washington, D.C., Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is hired as a butler at the White House. Over the course of three decades, Cecil has a front-row seat to history and the inner workings of the Oval Office. However, his commitment to his "First Family" leads to tension at home, alienating his wife (Oprah Winfrey) and causing conflict with his anti-establishment son.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

Forest Whitaker as "Idi Amin"

While in Uganda on a medical mission, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) becomes the personal physician and close confidante of dictator Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). Although at first Dr. Garrigan feels flattered by his new position of power, he soon comes to realize that Amin's rule is soaked in blood, and that he is complicit in the atrocities. Garrigan faces the fight of his life as he tries to escape Amin's grasp.

Academy Award (2006) Won Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006) Won Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2006) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bird (1988)

Forest Whitaker as "Charlie 'Bird' Parker"

Director Clint Eastwood, a noted jazz aficionado, directs this heartfelt study of pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker). Moving forward and backward through Parker's brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist's difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker (Diane Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs.

Golden Globe (1988) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

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