‘Precious’ to be honored by PGA

Posted by · 12:55 pm · November 18th, 2009

(from left) Lenny Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe in PreciousThe press release, in part:

The Producers Guild of America (PGA), a national non-profit trade group committed to protecting the rights and credits of producers in film, television and new media, announced today that PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE will be honored with the 2010 Stanley Kramer Award. The film’s producers will be honored with the award at the 21st Annual PGA Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium.

The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a motion picture, television program, studio, network, producer, executive or other individual entity whose work 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 film director and producer, 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 “Milk,” “The Great Debaters,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “Innocent Voices,” “In America,” “Antwone Fisher” and “I Am Sam.”

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  • 1 11-18-2009 at 1:55 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I know there’s nothing to explicitly suggest that’s the case, but this award always has a bit of a “consolation prize” feel to me. Am I right in thinking no film has ever won the Kramer Award and their top prize?

  • 2 11-18-2009 at 2:09 pm

    Kevin said...

    Can you say too much too soon?

  • 3 11-18-2009 at 2:25 pm

    Jilda said...

    Well, it does go to films about social issues so only certain films can actually win. Of course, the fact that the film is already being honored might affect its chances of winning but I don’t think it’s a “consolation prize.” They haven’t even started voting yet. Several winners of this award have been nominated for the top prize.

  • 4 11-18-2009 at 2:36 pm

    Lina said...

    ugh, this film is so overrated.

  • 5 11-18-2009 at 3:02 pm

    Kevin said...

    The wait for Nine, Avatar, The Lovely Bones, and Invictus is gonna be rough with nothing to see between now and then. I welcome the Nine and Avatar media blitz. It’s a nice reminder that there are still a few surprises left this season.

  • 6 11-18-2009 at 4:02 pm

    Brian said...

    With the PGA expanding to ten, I realllllly hope we see a pretty different line-up here than on Oscar night. Stuff like District 9 would be tremendous.

  • 7 11-18-2009 at 4:16 pm

    Jason said...

    the thought of sitting through any one of those Kramer “classics” again is giving me a hernia

  • 8 11-18-2009 at 8:53 pm

    lovespike said...

    I am very excited that Precious continues to impact and collect accolades. After finally seeing it on Monday I can say that it is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. In saying that, it sickens me even more that the black critics panning precious are being paraded out like freaks in a sideshow to point and say look black ppl dont even like this black movie. Its disgusting for ppl like me who have a parent who has been extremely verbally and physically abusive to tell me that that reality doesnt exist. In fact the monique character and my stepmother have a lot in common right down to the
    mental illness. There was no manipulation because these situations actually happened and the packed theater on monday at 12 noon of equal blck men and women were very much affected and floored by this great film. I hope it wins best pic but even if it doesnt its achievement is the richness in character and the dialogue it spurs even after the movie is over.

  • 9 11-19-2009 at 12:06 am

    Leone said...


  • 10 11-19-2009 at 8:13 am

    RJNeb2 said...

    Is it too early to use the term “steamroller”? It’s certainly starting to feel that way, just looking at the column inches this film is generating.

  • 11 11-19-2009 at 9:06 am

    Adam Smith said...

    I’ve gotta agree with Guy–I get the feeling that this is being handed out as a consolation prize, and could potentially keep Precious out of a nomination. Granted, in a field of 10, and considering the success the film is currently having (it should end up with a pretty decent ROI), Precious missing out on a nod is unlikely, but don’t expect it to win either. Right now, I’m calling it: Up in the Air will win (helping to make this race nice and interesting) and there will be at least one major genre film nominated (either District 9, Star Trek, or Paranormal Activity).