Producers Guild to Honor Ava DuVernay With Visionary Award

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DuVernay specifically is being honored for her films and television shows which highlight important social issues, including '13th' (for which she earned two Emmys and an Oscar nomination) and 'Queen Sugar.'

The Producers Guild of America on Thursday announced its plans to honor producer and director Ava DuVernay with the 2018 Visionary Award. The award will be presented during the 29th Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20. 

Per a release from the guild, the award "recognizes television, film, or new media producers for their unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance." 

DuVernay specifically is being honored for her films and television shows which highlight important social issues, including 13th (for which she earned two Emmys and an Oscar nomination) and Queen Sugar. Additionally, her 2014 film Selma received a best picture Oscar nomination.

Her next project, Disney's A Wrinkle in Time, marks the first time a woman of color has directed a film budgeted over $100 million.

“The emergence of Ava DuVernay as a producer and filmmaker has been one of the great developments of the past several years," Producers Guild Awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said in a statement. "Whether in scripted features, television or documentaries, her unique voice, skill and passion have inspired countless audiences throughout our country and around the world. She is, by any standard, a visionary storyteller, and we are excited to be honoring her as such in 2018.”

Previous honorees of the Visionary Award include: Annapurna Pictures' Megan Ellison; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner’s Plan B Entertainment; producer and founder of Illumination Entertainment Chis Meledandri; producer Laura Ziskin; and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll.

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