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Octavia Spencer To Receive 2020 Visionary Award at Producers Guild Awards

Friday, November 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
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LOS ANGELES (November 8, 2019) - The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today Octavia Spencer will be honored with the Guild’s Visionary Award. Spencer will receive the award at the 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The Visionary Award honors producers across television, film or new media who share inspiring, uplifting stories that add unique value to society and culture. The 2020 Visionary Award is sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

“As both an actor and as a producer, Octavia has provided her keen vision to an array of poignant stories across drama, comedy and everything in between,” said Producers Guild of America Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher. “She understands how to harness the power of filmmaking to inspire audiences  everywhere with stories that showcase undeniable human truths and emotion.”

“It is an honor to receive the PGA Visionary Award,” said Octavia Spencer. “From the very beginning of my career in entertainment, I have been guided by my dream to create an impact through storytelling. This is an incredible highlight for me, and I extend my deepest thanks to the PGA for this award.”

Octavia Spencer is being recognized with the Visionary Award as an ambitious producer and storyteller who has achieved unprecedented accomplishments on both sides of the camera. She first broke through with scene-stealing supporting roles that included an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2012’s The Help. This award propelled her to subsequent roles in prominent films that at their core examine the resilience of the human spirit. This includes her roles in Hidden Figures and The Shape of Water, both of which earned her Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, as well as Fruitvale Station with Michael B. Jordan. And she’s proven to be adept across genres, dipping into notable roles in horror with Blumhouse’s Ma and in comedy as a recurring guest star on the CBS hit sitcom Mom. Last year Green Book, co-executive produced by Spencer, was selected for the PGA Awards’ marquee honor, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Picture and won the Academy Award for Best Picture. This December, she can be seen in front of the camera starring in Apple TV’s Truth Be Told, alongside Aaron Paul.

“Octavia is a dynamic producer and performer who over her career, has proven herself to exemplify the spirit of this award," said Suzanne Todd, Executive Producer of the PGA Awards. "Her ascent in the industry has been commensurate with her talent, and her next chapters will prove again how adept she is at injecting her compassion and integrity into the stories she tells and the characters she embodies.”

Kenya Barris was the 2019 recipient of the PGA’s Visionary Award. Additional past honorees include Ava DuVernay; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner’s Plan B Entertainment; producer and founder of Illumination Entertainment Chis Meledandri; producer Laura Ziskin; and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll.

Sponsors of the 2020 Producers Guild Awards include: General Motors, Official Automotive Partner; Delta, Official Airline Partner; GreenSlate, Cocktail Reception sponsor.