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'Precious' will receive Stanley Kramer Award from PGA [Updated]

November 18, 2009 |  2:22 pm

93175186 Lee Daniels' coming of age drama "Precious" added another award to its growing collection when the Producers Guild of America announced today that it would receive the Stanley Kramer Award. The film's producers will receive the honor at the 21st Annual PGA Awards on Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium.

The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a motion picture, television program, studio, executive, producer, network or other entity whose work sheds light on provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion. Previous recipients include "Milk," "An Inconvenient Truth," "Hotel Rwanda" and "Good Night, and Good Luck."

The Kramer Award is the latest tribute paid to Daniels' film, which has considerable Oscar buzz surrounding it. Among its recent awards are the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival's Cadillac People's Choice Award; three awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, including the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award; and Official Selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival -- Un Certain Regard.

[Updated on 11/19/09:  “We are thrilled to receive the Stanley Kramer Award and feel honored that the Producers Guild of America has chosen to recognize 'Precious' out of this year’s diverse film slate," shared producers Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness. "It is an honor to join the ranks of past recipients and we feel blessed that the film has been so well received.”]

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Gabourey Sidibe of "Precious." Credit: Getty Images.