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Honor Roll: Producers Guild Recognizes Steven Spielberg

Photo of Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 21, 2011 at 5:36AM

The Producers Guild of America will honor Steven Spielberg with the 2012 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The guild will bestow the producer, director, writer and Principal Partner of DreamWorks Studios with the award at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild ceremony on January 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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The Producers Guild of America will honor Steven Spielberg with the 2012 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The guild will bestow the producer, director, writer and Principal Partner of DreamWorks Studios with the award at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild ceremony on January 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Spielberg is the top-grossing director of all time, from E. T. and Indiana Jones to Jurassic Park and Jaws. Surprisingly, he has won just three Academy Awards, Best Director and Best Picture for Schindler's List as well as Best Director for Saving Private Ryan. In some ways, like Alfred Hitchcock, who had to accept an honorary Oscar, Spielberg's films are simply too popular.

Spielberg joins producing greats including Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Stanley Kramer, Saul Zaentz, Roger Corman, Laura Ziskin, Kathleen Kennedy, and last years recipient Scott Rudin. Spielberg commented:

David O. Selznick is a true legend in the producing field, and I am tremendously honored to be associated with his name and to join the company of so many distinguished filmmakers who have received this accolade. I am extremely grateful to the Producers Guild.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Hollywood, Independents, Moguls, Studios, Stuck In Love, Career Watch, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, DreamWorks, Screenwriters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.