David O. Selznick Achievement Award
With a career spanning more than 60 years in four continents, and still going strong, Dino De Laurentiis is a cinematic marvel.He has collaborated with everyone from Federico Fellini to Andy Wachowski. He has built studios in Europe, North America, Australia and Africa. Now the Italian producer will receive the PGA’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. Says awards co-chair Lawrence Gordon, “We try to honor people in the middle of their career, not the ones sitting by the pool doing nothing. Dino may not be in the middle of his career but he still has a long way to go.” Past Selznick recipients include Robert Evans, Howard Koch and Stanley Kramer. “His career is amazing,” says PGA awards co-chair Debra Hill. “Starting with Italian films like ‘Bitter Rice’ and then coming over here, running several studios and always having so much autonomy. Dino continues into his mid-80s to have great relationships with new, young filmmakers. He’s still calling hits and recognizing material with universal appeal.” De Laurentiis, whose next big endeavor is the Baz Luhrmann-helmed “Alexander the Great,” has produced, presented, financed or distributed more than 600 pictures.He’s got an Irving Thalberg award from the Academy, four of his films have received Oscars including “La Strada,” “Nights of Cabiria” and “King Kong.” “Producing films is not only my life’s work, it’s my passion,” De Laurentiis says of the kudos. “The common thread across my body of work is this: I have always tried to make films for large international audiences, whether through small intimate projects or large epic movies,” he says. “I have always been driven by a great passion and absolute love for cinema.”
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