Producers Guild To Honor Sean Penn

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 6, 2011) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA), announced today that Sean Penn will be honored with the 2011 Stanley Kramer Award. The award will be presented to Penn at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Stanley Kramer Award was established 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, considered within the film industry to have served as “Hollywood’s Conscience” during his career as a film producer and director, created some of the most respected and successful works in the annals of American motion pictures. He was the master behind such classics as The Caine Mutiny, High Noon, The Defiant Ones, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

Previous recipients of the Kramer award include such films as The Great Debaters, An Inconvenient Truth, Hotel Rwanda, Innocent Voices, In America, Antwone Fisher, and the 2010 winner was PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE. Sean Penn is the first individual to receive the Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award, and the first recipient of the award in 2002 was the film I AM SAM, which Penn starred in.

“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 individuals — through film, journalism, and global humanitarian organizations,” said Paula Wagner, Chair of the 2011 Producers Guild Awards.

  1. Maybe they should have Mr. Penn’s close friends speak on his behalf. I’m sure Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez would love to attend and praise their puppet. Here’s a man who lives in the greatest country in the world and constantly criticizes it. Shame on him.

  2. I remember when Penn was lambasted by the media for rushing out to New Orleans with his own boat after Hurricane Katrina. He was made fun of and accused of trying to get attention for himself. Hopefully, those morons are all somewhere regretting that and realizing that they did not understand him as a person at all. At the end of it all we have to ask ourselves what did I do with my time on Earth that wasn’t self serving? What did I contribute to humanity as a whole instead of always focusing on myself? Glad to see him be recognized instead of ostracized.

  3. Hmm… you know, the PGA is a good group of folks and I enjoy being a member but its liberal group-think on this Sean Penn honor rather bugs me.

    I knew Stanley Kramer years ago and though his political views were not mine, he deeply loved his country and fellow citizens – even when speaking of our faults. He made passionate arguments but in return he listened and respected opposing views. Even after a spirited debate everyone always left the room with an elevated sense of understanding and cordiality. He was the wise old owl he spoke of Spencer Tracy having on screen – extremely generous and a class act in a teacher, mentor and pal. That is what I remember and think of when I see his name attached to the PGA award. How Sean Penn fits that bill leaves me wanting.

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