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Octavia Spencer to be honored with Producers Guild Visionary Award

Octavia Spencer to be honored with Producers Guild Visionary Award
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Octavia Spencer attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Actress and producer, Octavia Spencer will be honored with the Visionary Award at the Producers Guild Awards ceremony in 2020.

The awards show, which is set to take place on Jan. 18, will honor the star for her work “behind-the-camera” and being among the producers, who create “inspiring, uplifting stories that add unique value to society and culture” according to AP News

Did you know that Spencer produced the Oscar-award-winning film Green Book, she also produced the film, Ma, which was released this year and her first starring role.

“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,” Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher, PGA presidents said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “She understands how to harness the power of filmmaking to inspire audiences  everywhere with stories that showcase undeniable human truths and emotion.”

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Spencer has also starred in other notable film roles such as The Help, for which she won an Oscar for best supporting actress; Hidden Figures (2016) and Fruitvale Station (2013);

Spencer joins previous Visionary Award recipients Kenya Barris; Ava DuVernay; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner’s Plan B Entertainment; Chris Meledandri; Laura Ziskin; and Jeff Skoll.

Spencer added: “It is an honor to receive the PGA Visionary Award. 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.”

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Spencer, who will next be seen on Apple TV+’s Truth Be Told series, executive produced the most recent best picture winner, Green Book, which this year also received the PGA Awards’ Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Picture.

Her other credits include acting roles in The Help, for which she won an Oscar for best supporting actress; Hidden Figures; The Shape of Water; Fruitvale Station; Ma; and a recurring guest role on CBS’ sitcom Mom. Spencer also executive produced Ma and served as a co-executive producer on Fruitvale Station.

“Octavia is a dynamic producer and performer who over her career, has proven herself to exemplify the spirit of this award,” said PGA Awards executive producer Suzanne Todd. “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.”

The 31st annual Producers Guild Awards will take place Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.


First appeared on The Grio

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