Steven Spielberg to receive PGA’s David O. Selznick Award

Steven Spielberg will be feted by the Producers Guild of America with their lifetime achievement prize this year. The award — named for legendary producer David O. Selznick (“Gone With the Wind”) — will be presented to the filmmaker at the 23nd annual edition of the PGA kudosfest on Jan. 21. Spielberg is likely to be a nominee as well that night as one of his two December releases — “War Horse” — tops our poll of contenders.

In making the announcement, PGA Awards co-chairs Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim said, “Steven has produced some of the most iconic films in the history of cinema and we have no doubt he will continue to bring thrilling adventures, emotionally moving storylines, thought provoking characters and cult classics to audiences across the globe. We’re extremely proud to recognize Steven’s contributions to the producing craft as well as the entire film industry with the David O. Selznick honor.”

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In a statement Spielberg said, “David O. Selznick is a true legend in the producing field, and I am tremendously honored to be associated with his name and to join the company of so many distinguished filmmakers who have received this accolade.”

Last year’s PGA honoree was Scott Rudin. Previous recipents have included Billy Wilder, Stanley Kramer, Clint Eastwood, Robert Evans, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Roger Corman, the team of Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, who received the award in 2008 and John Lasseter of Walt Disney/Pixar who picked up the prize in 2009.

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