Awards Calendar

  • AMPAS: Oscar Nominees Luncheon
    February 8, 2016
  • BAFTA: Round Two voting closes
    February 10, 2016
  • 11th Annual Final Draft Awards
    February 11, 2016
  • AMPAS: Final voting opens
    February 12, 2016
  • AMPAS: Scientific and Technical Awards
    February 13, 2016
  • WGA: 68th Annual Writers Guild Awards - Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
    February 13, 2016
  • BAFTA: British Academy Film Awards - Royal Opera House, London
    February 14, 2016
  • 28th Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award
    February 20, 2016
  • AMPAS: Final voting closes
    February 23, 2016
  • AMPAS: 88th Academy Awards - Dolby Theatre
    February 28, 2016

President Obama to Host 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Cast at White House Screening

Idris Elba in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Idris Elba in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
 

Nelson Mandela's daughters also will attend the Thursday event.

President Obama is planning a special White House screening of The Weinstein Co.'s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris are set to attend the Nov. 7 event, along with Nelson Mandela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela.

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Obama paid a tribute visit to Robben Island jail in June, the facility where Mandela was imprisoned for nearly two decades. The film premiered Sunday at an event in Johannesburg that was attended by Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Mandela.

Said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein: "Knowing what a strong relationship President Obama has with President Mandela, it's an honor for this film to be shown at the White House."

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The awards contender is based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming president and working to rebuild the country's once segregated society. Justin Chadwick directed the movie, which had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.

The film also is set to screen Nov. 10 at the upcoming AFI Festival and will have its U.S. theatrical release Nov. 29 in New York and Los Angeles.

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