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Sean Penn to receive Producers Guild of America's Stanley Kramer Award

January 6, 2011 | 10:20 am

Two-time Oscar-winning lead actor Sean Penn ("Mystic River," "Milk") , who is also known for his political activism and humanitarian work in New Orleans and Haiti,  is this year's recipient of the Producers Guild of America's Stanley Kramer Award. The announcement was made Thursday morning.

The Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a motion picture, a producer or other individual whose "achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion."  The award is named after the famed producer-director of such socially conscientious films as "The Defiant Ones," "Inherit the Wind" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."

Previous winners of the Kramer Award include "The Great Debaters," "Hotel Rwanda" and "Antwone Fisher." Penn is the first individual to receive the Kramer Award.

Penn, who has also directed films such as "Into the Wild," will receive his award Jan. 22 at the Producers Guild award ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Susan King

Photo: Sean Penn in Haiti in November. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.