"Goodfellas' is just one of the many movies that helped earn 51 Oscar nominations for legendary filmmaker Irwin Winkler.
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced yesterday that Irwin Winkler will be honored with the 2017 David O. Selznick Achievement Award recognizing the celebrated producer’s outstanding body of work in motion pictures. The award will be presented to Winkler at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 28, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.
Winkler has received popular and critical acclaim worldwide for his work on such films as Raging Bull, the Rocky franchise (including the series’ first film, for which Winkler received the Oscar® for Best Picture), the classic gangster tale Goodfellas and the 9-time Academy Award nominated drama They Shoot Horses, Don’t They. He is the only producer honored with three films on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest American Films. Winkler is the producer of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film, Silence, starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.
Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal stated, “Irwin Winkler’s movies have come to define Hollywood storytelling, and the gallery of iconic characters and classic scenes from his work remains a touchstone for all motion picture producers. It’s an honor to give Irwin this award this season, as he continues to release some of the most vital work of his storied career.”
The 2016 recipient of the David O. Selznick Award was David Heyman. Previous recipients include Stanley Kramer, Billy Wilder, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Laura Ziskin, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, Scott Rudin and Steven Spielberg.
Winkler said, “I am honored to receive what is truly the trifecta of recognition: from the legacy of David O. Selznick, from the institution of the Producers Guild of America, and from my esteemed colleagues. It is both a humbling and inspiring experience to be included alongside this list of our most accomplished filmmakers of today.”
About Irwin Winkler
Irwin Winkler’s career as a producer, director, and writer encompasses popular and influential movies that have impacted contemporary culture. With a passion for big, bold, meaningful stories, his films include an array of true screen classics, garnering among them 12 Academy Awards and 51 Oscar nominations for films such as Rocky, Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, Goodfellas and The Wolf of Wall Street. Winkler most recently produced Creed, the latest installment of his Academy Award winning franchise, Rocky, and Scorsese’s upcoming Silence for Paramount Pictures starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.
Winkler’s executive producer and producing credits include: The Gambler, Music Box, New York, New York, Up The Sandbox, The Mechanic and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They. He is also a director and writer. He directed and produced De-Lovely, Life As A House, At First Sight, The Net and Night And The City. Winkler also wrote, directed, and produced Home of the Brave and Guilty by Suspicion over the course of his career.
For his enormous contributions to the popular culture, Winkler has been the proud recipient of numerous American and international honors, including the Commandeur des Arts et Lettres, the French government’s highest decoration for contribution to the arts. In 1989, the British Film Institute saluted him with a retrospective of his work and in 1995, Winkler became the first producer to be honored with a showcase screening of ten of his films at the Deauville Film Festival. He has also received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Chicago Film Festival, a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame and retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which had not honored a producer since their tribute to David O. Selznick in 1980. Winkler also received the National Board of Review’s highest honor for Career Achievement in Producing in January 2007.
About the Producers Guild of America (PGA)
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The Producers Guild has more than 7,500 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits, promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as encouraging sustainable production practices. For more information and the latest updates, please visit Producers Guild of America websites and follow on social media:
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