Oprah Winfrey rocked the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler at L.A. Live's Regal Cinemas in a dashing, fuchsia wrap dress. Winfrey, who complemented her form-fitting red-carpet look with metallic, peep-toe pumps and hoop earrings, marks her first return to the big screen in 15 years playing Gloria Gaines, the wife of a White House butler.
The 59-year-old media mogul said she was motivated to be a part of this new film because she wanted the world to experience history through the eyes of a "loving, nurturing, connected Africa-American family." Winfrey added that, "often people do not see us in those kinds of roles."
The Butler is inspired by the real-life story of an African-American butler who served eight presidents during some turbulent times in American history. Forest Whitaker, who portrays the butler, arrived on the red carpet sporting a classic, grey suit and stylish, black spectacles was hopeful that the movie would be well received. "I think that it has a lot to say. It's very moving, very emotional, very funny but at the same time it gives you a glimpse at the civil rights movement and what it's like to hold a family together at that time."
The Butler brings together an all-star cast including Jane Fonda, Minka Kelly, James Marsden and Cuba Gooding Jr., who were also in attendance for the Los Angeles premiere of the movie. "I've been excited for the premiere of this movie for 5 years. Since I read the script for the first time, I knew it was something special." said Gooding Jr. who arrived wearing a sleek, black suit that coordinated with his wife's all-black ensemble.
Lee Daniels' The Butler opens nationwide in theaters on August 16 and Winfrey hopes that movie-goers will walk away with a "spirit of who we are as African Americans but also as a nation." Winfrey exclaimed, "Look at the beginning of this movie and the end of this movie and only in America could that happen!"