Producers Guild To Honor ‘Loving’ With Stanley Kramer Award

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The Producers Guild of America said today that Focus Features’ Loving will receive its 2017 Stanley Kramer Award, an honor bestowed for raising public awareness of important social issues.

The film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, chronicles the real-life story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose Supreme Court victory in 1967 was a landmark case invalidating laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

Loving was produced by PGA members Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, Sarah Green, Nancy Buirski, Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf. The Stanley Kramer Award will be presented at the 28th Annual PGA Awards ceremony on January 28 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

“It has never been more important than right now to recognize our shared humanity and the quietly unshakable bond between Richard and Mildred Loving, who — just like Stanley Kramer’s classic characters — stood as the ultimate rebuke to a culture intent on dividing us,” said Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal. “Loving is a film that’s unthinkable without the path that Stanley Kramer blazed, and one the great filmmaker would be proud to recognize as part of his legacy.”

Said Karen Kramer, the late filmmaker’s widow: “Stanley had a vision for social justice. He was committed to telling stories to create change. His movies changed the culture, and sometimes even helped change the laws.”

The award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individuals whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. Producer-director Kramer’s films include Inherit the Wind, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and The Defiant Ones.

Previous Kramer Award recipients include An Inconvenient Truth, Hotel Rwanda, In America, The Normal Heart and last year’s The Hunting Ground. Focus Features previously received the award for 2009’s Milk.

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