Producers Guild to Honor Sean Penn With Humanitarian Award

9:26 AM PST 01/06/2011 by Lindsay Powers
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Honored for his work in Haiti, Penn is the first individual to receive the Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award.

Sean Penn will be honored with the Producers Guild's 2011 Stanley Kramer Award.

The award was established in 2002 to honor a motion picture, producer or individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion.

As the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter details, Penn has moved to Haiti in an ongoing effort to help the people affected by the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Penn is the first individual to receive the Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award. PHOTOS: Penn's humanitarian work in Haiti.

Previous recipients include The Great Debaters, An Inconvenient Truth, Hotel Rwanda, Innocent Voices, In America, Antwone Fisher. The 2010 winner was Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

The first recipient of the award in 2002 was the film I AM SAM, which Penn starred in.

Penn will be honored at the ceremony, to be held Jan. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Kramer was behind The Caine Mutiny, High Noon, The Defiant Ones, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

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