The Producers Guild of America has chosen HBO’s The Normal Heart to receive the 2015 Stanley Kramer Award, which honors a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. It will be presented at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Here’s today’s release:

LOS ANGELES (December 19, 2014) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA), announced today that the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning HBO television motion picture, THE NORMAL HEART, will be honored with the 2015 Stanley Kramer Award at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The award will be accepted by the executive producers on January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. Producer/director Stanley Kramer created some of the most powerful work in the history of American motion pictures, including such classics as INHERIT THE WIND, ON THE BEACH, THE DEFIANT ONES, and GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER. The Stanley Kramer Award is determined by a seven-person committee appointed by the PGA’s Board of Directors, and operates independently of the Producers Guild Awards committee and the PGA staff.

“The producers responsible for THE NORMAL HEART pulled off an extraordinary feat of storytelling. The film is both a moving narrative that lends a human face to the crucial early struggles against HIV/AIDS, and a compelling call to uphold the activist legacy of its creators and inspiration,” said Vance Van Petten, National Executive Director of the Producers Guild. “This is a remarkable piece of filmmaking, and an essential chapter in our ongoing struggle with this epidemic. We are thrilled to celebrate and honor THE NORMAL HEART with the Stanley Kramer Award.”

Previous recipients of the Stanley Kramer Award include: THE GREAT DEBATERS, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, HOTEL RWANDA, IN AMERICA, ANTWONE FISHER, PRECIOUS, IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY, BULLY and the 2014 honoree, FRUITVALE STATION.

About THE NORMAL HEART
HBO presents THE NORMAL HEART, directed by Ryan Murphy, produced by Scott Ferguson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Jason Blum, Dede Gardner, Dante Di Loreto, Ryan Murphy and Brad Pitt. Nominated for three Golden Globes® including Best Motion Picture Made for Television, winner of the Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Television Movie, and winner of two Critics’ Choice Television Awards for Best Movie and Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries, it is a drama about the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

THE NORMAL HEART stars Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Emmy winner Jim Parsons and Academy Award winner Julia Roberts. The film is written by Academy Award nominee Larry Kramer, adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name. HBO debuted the film earlier this year.