Awards season is upon us and Fruitvale Station is one of the films that will be getting a bunch of recognition.To set things off, the Producers Guild of America announced that the film will be receiving its Stanley Kramer Award in January, a recognition that honors “a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.” Stanley Kramer was behind films like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Defiant Ones and others.
“We are very excited that FRUITVALE STATION is being honored with the Stanley Kramer Award,” Forest Whitaker said in a statement. “It is a testament to the director, the production team and the incredible efforts of the many talented people in our crew and cast who worked so hard because they believed in the message of this movie. Many thanks to the Producers Guild of America for this recognition. Our producing team is thrilled to have been able to tell a story that puts a human face on the issue of social injustice. We hope the film continues to have a positive impact on the ongoing dialogue that surrounds these issues.”
Previous winners of the award include Precious, Antwone Fisher, An Inconvenient Truth, The Great Debaters, among others.