The Producers Guild of America honors ‘Loving’ film

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Loving vs. Virginia, the United States Supreme Court’s civil rights decision discarding laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

LOVING releases in theaters in NovemberThe Producers Guild of America will honor the feature film “Loving” with the Stanley Kramer Award.

Starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, the Focus Features film, which is written and directed by Jeff Nichols, follows an interracial couple whose marriage was illegal in Virginia until they challenged the state’s law prohibiting biracial nuptials.

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The Stanley Kramer Award will be presented to “Loving” at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

Stanley Kramer created the classics “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “The Defiant Ones” and the Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production or other individuals whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.

“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,” stated Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal. “Loving’  is a film that’s unthinkable without the path that Stanley Kramer blazed, and one the great filmmaker would be proud to recognize as part of his legacy.”

Jeff Nichols, Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Loving vs. Virginia, the United States Supreme Court’s civil rights decision discarding laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

“Loving” is the second Focus Features release to receive the Stanley Kramer Award, following the 2009 honoree, “Milk, ” a film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. 

(Pictured: Jeff Nichols, Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton) 

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