This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler." From "12 Years a Slave" to "The Butler" to "Fruitvale Station," 2013 has been a banner year for movies directed by black filmmakers. Like seldom before, African American stories are being told on the big screen without white protagonists. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Anne Marie Fox)

Riding a wave of Oscar buzz and big earnings at the box office, Lee Daniels’ acclaimed film The Butler will be returned to theaters for a limited on December 6th.

The film stars Forest Whitaker as a White House service-worker named Cecil Gaines who witnesses history alongside presidents like Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan. His performance in the film, and Oprah Winfrey’s supporting turn as his wife, are earning serious consideration for Academy Awards.

The movie is loosely based on the life of real-life White House butler Eugene Allen and in addition to Winfrey and Whitaker boasts an all-star cast which includes Terrence Howard, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

The Weinstein Company is presumably re-releasing the film to capitalize on the awards season hype but it hardly needs the money

The Butler earned over $115 million during its initial run in theaters.