Harvey and Bob Weinstein to Be Honored With Producers Guild's Milestone Award
Harvey and Bob Weinstein are the recipients of the Producers Guild of America's Milestone Award, it was announced Monday.
The award, which represents an individual or team of people who have made historic contributions to the entertainment industry, will be presented to the the Weinstein Co. co-founders and co-chairmen at the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 26, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Beginning in the late 1970s with Miramax Films and continuing through today with The Weinstein Company, Bob and Harvey consistently seek out, nurture and help bring audiences the stories that others are often afraid to tell,” said Producers Guild national board member and awards chair Michael De Luca (Moneyball, The Social Network) in a statement.
Citing the Weinsteins' "passionate regard for the spectacular diversity and resolve of the human spirit," De Luca praised the duo for bringing films like The Crying Game, Shakespeare in Love, Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, The King's Speech, Bully and The Artist to cinemas.
"Bob and Harvey’s brave dedication to emerging producers and other storytellers has virtually redefined the term ‘independent film,’ making it possible for some of our culture’s most vital stories to break out from the shadows of smaller arthouse theaters into the bright light of large multiplexes around the globe," said De Luca. "We salute them for their contributions to our industry, and we are so proud to recognize them with the Guild’s highest honor.”
“We couldn’t be more thankful to our fellow producers and the many predecessors who’ve inspired us and guided the independent film world to its present state,” said Bob and Harvey Weinstein in a statement. “It is easy to be dedicated to something you love. Without our peers who’ve joined us in taking chances on the first time director or the unknown talent, and without the curious audiences who take chances on the movie with subtitles or better yet, no sound or color, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We’re deeply honored and humbled for this recognition from the Producers Guild of America for our life’s work.”
Previous recipients of the Milestone Award included Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, James Cameron, Ron Meyer and Leslie Moonves.