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‘The Normal Heart’ Wins PGA’s Stanley Kramer Award

The Producers Guild of America has selected HBO’s television movie “The Normal Heart” as the winner of its 2015 Stanley Kramer Award.

The honor will be accepted by the executive producers at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Jan. 24.

The Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. Kramer’s films included “The Defiant Ones,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “On the Beach” and “Inherit the Wind.”

The recipient of the award is determined by a seven-person committee appointed by the PGA’s board and operates independently of the PGA awards committee and staff.

“The producers responsible for ‘The Normal Heart’ pulled off an extraordinary feat of storytelling. The film is both a moving narrative that lends a human face to the crucial early struggles against HIV/AIDS, and a compelling call to uphold the activist legacy of its creators and inspiration,” said Vance Van Petten, the national executive director of the PGA.

“This is a remarkable piece of filmmaking, and an essential chapter in our ongoing struggle with this epidemic,” he added.

Previous Kramer award recipients include “Hotel Rwanda,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Antwone Fisher,” “Precious,” “Bully,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey” and the 2014 honoree “Fruitvale Station.”

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