Lee Daniels has had an illustrious career. Originally a casting director and talent manager, Daniels moved into producing with 2001’s Academy Award winning Monster's Ball. He continued and directed Precious in 2009, which received six Oscar nominations, including Best Director; it won two awards. He is also co-created and directed Fox’s Empire, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Hensen. The show was Emmy-nominated and won a Golden Globe in 2016.