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Sean Penn wins PGA award

Sean Penn For the first time, an individual has been awarded the Producers Guild of America's Stanley Kramer Award, with Sean Penn singled out Saturday night for his humanitarian efforts in Haiti. On hand to present the award was U.S. Army Major Brian Woolworth, who worked with Penn during the major's eight-month stint in the ravaged country.

Woolworth described in detail Penn's involvement with his JP Haitian Relief Organization that was instrumental in relocating Haitians from dangerous flood areas. He managed a camp, carried individual Haitians' belongings and worked tirelessly from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m., Woolworth said. "He demonstrates what we in the military call leadership," he added. "He's committed to elevating the human condition in Haiti."

Penn kept his speech short and sweet, indicating that he was asked to be brief, so he vowed to save the polemics and split the difference. He then recited a single paragraph, written by William Saroyan, that served as inspiration for Penn's life. And he concluded with a simple plea: "With your help Haiti will triumph. Stick it out with us. Support the Haitian people." 

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Sean Penn. Credit: Associated Press

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

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.


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