Sean Penn honored with PGA’s Stanley Kramer Award

The Producers Guild of America created the Stanley Kramer Award in 2002 “to honor a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion.” Kramer, who died in 2001, was a nine-time Oscar nominee for producing and directing such provocative pictures as “The Defiant Ones” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

For the first time in its decade-long history, the award will be going to an individual this year — two time Oscar champ Sean Penn (“Mystic River,” “Milk”). In making the announcement, Paula Wagner, chair of the Producers Guild Awards, said, “We are proud to honor Sean Penn with this award as he truly exemplifies the Stanley Kramer legacy. Sean is a committed activist who has used his extraordinary talents and influence to shed light on powerful stories, causes and individual, through film, journalism, and global humanitarian organizations.”

The first film to receive the Stanley Kramer Award was “I Am Sam” which starred Penn. Since then, the PGA has honored “Antwone Fisher,” “In America,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Great Debaters,” “Milk” and “Precious.”

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