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‘Loving’ Set to Receive PGA’s Stanley Kramer Award

Jeff Nichols drama takes annual prize for underscoring social issues through art

“Loving” will receive a top honor from the Producers Guild of America —  the Stanley Kramer Award — at its forthcoming January awards ceremony.

Jeff Nichols’ film, about the overturning of America’s interracial marriage ban in the 1960s starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, will take the prize named after director Kramer in the same year that his own game-changing race drama, “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,” turns 50.

“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,” Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said in a joint statement.

Producers and PGA members Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, Sarah Green, Nancy Buirskiand, Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf will be included in the honor for their work on the film, which is a Focus Features release.

The Kramer Award is handed to a production, producer or group of individuals who raise public awareness of social issues. Previous winners include “Milk,” “Good Night and Good Luck,” Angelina Jolie’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey” and the climate doc “An Inconvenient Truth.”

This year’s ceremony will take place on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.