PGA taps ‘America’ for kudos

Pic honored for spotlighting social issue of immigration

The Producers Guild of America has tapped “In America” to receive its Stanley Kramer Award for the film’s presentation of the social issues surrounding immigration.

Kudos will be presented to “In America” producers Jim Sheridan and Arthur Lappin at the 15th annual PGA Awards Jan. 17 at the Century Plaza Hotel.

The PGA established the Kramer award in 2002 to honor works and individuals for illuminating provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion. Previous recipients were “Antwone Fisher” and “I Am Sam.”

“In honoring Jim Sheridan and Arthur Lappin for ‘In America,’ we honor the fierce humanity of Stanley Kramer, and his determination to find the essential human truths at work on both sides of our social, political and cultural divides,” said PGA Awards co-chairs Lawrence Gordon and Debra Hill. “It has long been accepted that America is a nation of immigrants, but rarely has the immigrant experience been captured with such heartbreaking immediacy as in ‘In America.’ We recognize the struggles of this immigrant family as our own, and in embracing them as such, confirm the essential vitality of the legacy of Stanley Kramer.”

Sheridan and Lappin said, “It’s a great honor to receive the Stanley Kramer Award.  It’s the kind of recognition that makes us want to continue to take risks, as Stanley did all his life.”

Fox Searchlight’s “In America” has grossed $5 million domestically in seven weeks of release.

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