For those of you who are already setting up your charts for your 2013 Oscar predictions (guilty as charged), you can now move Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels’ (Precious) The Butler towards the top of your list.

The Weinstein Company has announced that they have acquired the U.S. distribution rights, which bodes well for the film that tells the story of a butler (Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker)who served eight Presidents in The White House. Alan Rickman, Robin Williams, Alex Pettyfer, John Cusack, James Marsden, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Minka Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jane Fonda, and Terrence Howard also star. Photo courtesy of Anne Marie Fox.