Lee DanielsOn Christmas Eve of 2009, director Lee Daniels will turn 50 years old. With 'Precious' perhaps the most widely praised, Oprah-backed, Oscar-hyped film playing in theaters as the march toward awards season gathers steam, the fast-rising trajectory of Daniels' career seems like the perfect birthday present -- and stocking stuffer -- rolled into one.

It's also the perfect opportunity to line up new gigs, which is just what Daniels is doing. Per Variety, Daniels is in advanced negotiations to sit in the director's chair for 'Selma,' a feature dramatizing the three 1965 marches in Alabama that quickly became a worldwide symbol for the American Civil Rights movement.
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