Ava DuVernay Will Be Honored By Producers Guild With Visionary Award
The Emmy and Oscar nominated filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, will be specifically honored by the Producers Guild for her films and TV shows.
On Thursday, Dec. 7, The Producers Guild of America announced that they would be honoring Ava DuVernay with a special Visionary Award for her films and TV shows which highlight important social issues. 13th, which earned two Emmys and an Oscar nod and Queen Sugar.
The award will be presented during the 29th Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20 and “recognizes television, film, or new media producers for their unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance.” Additionally, DuVernay’s film, Selma, will be included in the ceremonial presentation.
DuVernay’s next project, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, marks the first time a woman of color has directed a film budgeted over $100 million. “The emergence of Ava DuVernay as a producer and filmmaker has been one of the great developments of the past several years,” Producers Guild Awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said in a statement. “Whether in scripted features, television or documentaries, her unique voice, skill and passion have inspired countless audiences throughout our country and around the world. She is, by any standard, a visionary storyteller, and we are excited to be honoring her as such in 2018.”
Previous honorees of the Visionary Award include: Brad Pitt, Laura Ziskin and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll.