As for movies, President Obama says: "We love watching movies together, and the number of movies we watch just depends on my schedule." We're guessing the number isn't very high, but we do know that Obama has seen "Beasts of the Southern Wild." He recommended the film to Oprah.
When director Behn Zeitlin found out about their endorsement, he said: "It was about the most shocking thing that I've heard in my life...It's too much to take in to find out that Oprah likes it. And to find out that Obama likes it in the same moment could kind of make your head explode."
As it happens, the film's three producers worked on the Obama campaign in 2008. After Obama won the election, one of the producers, Michael Gottwald recalls: “I was looking for an adventure on par with electing the President.” So they returned to New Orleans to produce friend Zeitlin's new script, foregoing careers in politics. "Beasts" then went on to win major awards at Sundance, Cannes and beyond.