Winkler will be presented the award at the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Winkler won the best picture Academy Award in 1976 for producing “Rocky” and received best picture nominations for “Goodfellas,” “The Right Stuff,” and “Raging Bull.” He’s the only producer to have three movies on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest American Films (“Raging Bull,” “Rocky,” “Goodfellas”).
Winkler produced 1969’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” which received nine Oscar noms. He’s the producer of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming historical drama “Silence,” starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.
Producers Guild Awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “Irwin Winkler’s movies have come to define Hollywood storytelling, and the gallery of iconic characters and classic scenes from his work remains a touchstone for all motion picture producers. It’s an honor to give Irwin this award this season, as he continues to release some of the most vital work of his storied career.”
David Heyman nabbed the 2016 David O. Selznick Award. Previous recipients include Stanley Kramer, Billy Wilder, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Laura Ziskin, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, Scott Rudin, and Steven Spielberg.
“I am honored to receive what is truly the trifecta of recognition: from the legacy of David O. Selznick, from the institution of the Producers Guild of America, and from my esteemed colleagues,” Winkler said. “It is both a humbling and inspiring experience to be included alongside this list of our most accomplished filmmakers of today.”
Winkler’s executive producer and producing credits include “The Gambler,” “Music Box,” “New York, New York,” “Up the Sandbox,” and the “Rocky” franchise. He directed and produced “De-Lovely,” “My Life as a House,” “The Net,” “At First Sight,” and “Night and the City.” He also wrote, directed, and produced “Home of the Brave” and “Guilty by Suspicion.”
The British Film Institute saluted Winkler in 1989 with a retrospective of his work. In 1995, he became the first producer to be honored with a showcase screening of 10 of his films at the Deauville Film Festival. He also received the National Board of Review’s career achievement award in 2007.