Lee Daniels to Receive Artistic Excellence Award at 2014 Arts & Business Council Awards Celebration

Director & Producer Lee Daniels will receive the Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence at the May 13 Arts & Business Council Award Celebration.

Online PR News – 27-March-2014 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia is proud to honor renowned director and producer, Lee Daniels, at the 29th Annual Arts & Business Council Award Celebration.

On May 13, 2014, Daniels will receive the distinguished Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence for his achievements in film and the arts. Daniels is an Academy Award nominated director, writer, and producer. Most recently he released the critically acclaimed LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, which held the number one box office spot for three consecutive weeks, and has to date grossed over $113 million worldwide. Daniels is perhaps best known for his film PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Other credits include THE PAPERBOY, SHADOWBOXER, and MONSTER'S BALL.

Lee Daniels, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, had this to say about the impact of the region on his career: "The rich culture of Philadelphia and its vibrant arts scene helped cultivate my interest in filmmaking from a young age. I'm so honored to be recognized in the city that influenced my craft and the first place I called home."

The prestigious Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence, sponsored by PwC, is named for the late Anne d'Harnoncourt; former CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The award is given to an individual who has achieved worldwide acclaim, embodies artistic achievement and serves as an inspiration to the entire region, both as an artist and as a leader. This is the first year that the Awards Celebration will be held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, adding extra weight and significance to this high honor.

About the Arts & Business Council Awards Celebration

The 29TH annual Arts & Business Council Awards Celebration honors exceptional volunteers from Arts & Business Council programs, leadership and innovation within the arts and cultural community, distinction in the for-profit creative sector, and unique partnerships formed between the business and arts communities. The Awards Celebration includes an evening gala event with a formal awards ceremony followed by a cocktail and networking reception. This inspiring event convenes the region’s business, legal, technology and creative communities for an evening of shared celebration. For more information, please visit www.artsandbusinessphila.org/awards