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Posted at 9:55 AM ET, 03/19/2010

Chatting up 'Precious' director Lee Daniels

By Liz Kelly

Lee Daniels speaks at Thursday evening's Planned Parenthood event. (Getty Images)

So how does Lee Daniels, whose movie "Precious" took awards season by storm, unwind after the hype has died down? By stopping in to D.C. to receive an award at Planned Parenthood's Annual Awards Gala.

Daniels, in head to toe black and sunglasses, arrived at Thursday evening's bash in Crystal City in a flurry. He'd been caught in rush hour traffic after a train ride from New York and, doggone it, the guy was tired.

"I literally have not been out of my pajamas since the Oscars," Daniels said in an interview ahead of the evening's festivities. "I haven't been to the gym. I've been so depleted. I've been around the world working 18 hours a day. I tried to shave yesterday for this and it grew back so, oh well."

So why come? Certainly not just to perch on a back room piano (a la Michelle Pfeiffer in "The Fabulous Baker Boys," as Daniels noted) for an interview with this Celebritologist.

"To be frank," said the filmmaker, "I did not want to come tonight because I've been Oscar-ed out ... but I thought about all the work that [Planned Parenthood] had done for us and my film and thought I had better come."

Daniels -- whose movie about one teenager's triumph over abuse and illiteracy snagged three Oscar nominations (including one for best picture) and a best supporting actress win for co-star Mo'Nique -- picked up an award of his own at the gala for his contributions to advancing the cause of reproductive rights through his work.

Daniels's reaction? "I'm just a filmmaker. I'm not doing deep [expletive] like they're doing."

Still, the filmmaker, whose past credits include "Monster's Ball" and "The Woodsman," admits that maybe his work has done a little something to open a few eyes.

"I love women and stories about women. If I were straight I would have made an incredible husband. My way of dealing with women is 'Precious.'"

Also on hand for Thursday evening's gala: Actresses Emily VanCamp ("Brothers and Sisters") and Jessica Lowndes ("90210") and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.).

By Liz Kelly  | March 19, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
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"I'm just a filmmaker. I'm not doing deep [expletive] like they're doing."

Remember Lee Daniels' words the next time James Cameron or Jerry Bruckheimer talks about what their latest film _means_.

Posted by: byoolin1 | March 19, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

amen byoo amen...

Posted by: LTL1 | March 19, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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