Forest Whitaker Uses His Star Power to Fight for Civil Rights in Uganda

He’s a world-class actor and film star. But Forest Whitaker says he finds great inspiration in giving back, leading his own foundation as he works to empower youth around the world.

“We’re just working on creating peace-builders who turn into community-builders,” Whittaker, 52, told PEOPLE of his foundation’s message as he was honored Tuesday at the Icon Mann 2nd Annual Power 50 Pre-Oscar Dinner at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Golden Globes Nominations 2014 Revealed

See This/Skip That: From Inside Llewyn Davis to Out of the Furnace

From Inside Llewyn Davis to Out of the Furnace, here’s what to see and what to skip this weekend at the movies.

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Inside Llewyn Davis
Oscar Isaac has an unfortunate habit of being the best thing in bad movies (W.E., Won’t Back Down, The Bourne Legacy), so I’m thrilled to say that he’s finally the best thing in a great one.

See This/Skip That: From Frozen to Mandela

See This, Skip That: From Lee Daniels' The Butler to Paranoia

Lee Daniels’ The Butler enters the Oscar conversation early, but PEOPLE’s critics say the tech-heavy JOBS and Paranoia feel like outdated programs.

Here’s what to see and what to skip this weekend:

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler
It’s a fascinating juxtaposition: While Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) thrives as a White House butler thanks to his discretion and subtlety, this film doesn’t bother with such quiet niceties.

Forest Whitaker on Being Oprah Winfrey's Husband in The Butler

Marriage is a beautiful thing, especially when you’re married to Oprah Winfrey.

“It was an amazing experience for me,” says Forest Whitaker, who plays Winfrey’s onscreen husband in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, opening Aug. 16.

The movie, based on the real-life story of a man who worked at the White House for 34 years under eight consecutive presidents, juxtaposes the couple’s home life against the turbulent times of the 1950s and ’60s.

Oprah Winfrey Returns to the Silver Screen in The Butler

Cannes Film Festival Opens May 15: See What's Premiering Now

Hollywood aime Cannes.

With the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival kicking off May 15 (and running through May 26) – and with The Great Gatsby opening the festival – stars will flock to the French Riviera to promote their latest films.

But before the festival starts, create your own must-see list after checking out what will be premiering by watching these clips.

Robin Williams Plays President Eisenhower (No Joke)

Heroic World War II general and president of Columbia University – and one of the best-liked American presidents – Dwight D. Eisenhower wasn’t particularly known for his sense of humor, but that may change now that he is being played by Robin Williams.

As seen in this photo, Williams, 61, is made up to play Eisenhower during his White House years. Ike was 62 when first sworn in, and 71 when he handed over the reins to the 43-year-old JFK in 1961.

Forest Whitaker to Announce Academy Award Nominations

Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker will announce this year’s Academy Award nominations Thursday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced.

Whitaker, who won the best actor award in 2007 for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, will unveil nominations for 10 of the 24 award categories along with AMPAS President Sid Ganis.