Oprah Holds Private Screening of 'Birth of a Nation'

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This story first appeared in the Feb. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

On the heels of scoring the biggest sale in the history of the Sundance Film Festival, Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation has received another major endorsement ­— from Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King. The latter posted a photo and video on Instagram announcing that the best friends screened Parker's biopic of slave Nat Turner — believed to be the only time anyone outside of Sundance has seen it.

Says Oprah in the clip: "Nate Parker, we just saw your film … that you produced, wrote, directed, starred in. We bow to you, my brother. Nate Parker. Nate Parker!" Oprah gushes, delivering the second mention in a sing-song tone. "Bravo, Nate!" Winfrey and King could not be reached for additional comment. Birth of a Nation sold to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million following its world premiere at Sundance on Jan. 25.