‘Bully’ documentary earns Producers Guild’s Stanley Kramer award

By Daniel S Levine,

Bully, the documentary that made headlines earlier this year because of its rating, will be honored with the Producers Guild of America’s Stanley Kramer award.

According to Entertainment Weekly, PGA hands the honor to individuals “whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.”

Bully was directed by Lee Hirsch. He and producer Cynthia Lowen will pick up the award at a ceremony on Jan. 25, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

Bully features several students and highlights the bullying they go through every day at school. The film sparked controversy earlier in the year when it received an R rating from the MPAA for language. Distributor and executive producer Harvey Weinstein took the battle public, but eventually agreed to make cuts to earn a PG-13 rating. It went on to gross $3.5 million at the box office and will be released on Blu-ray in February.

“The social action campaign for Bully raised significant funding that allowed for over 250,000 students nationwide to take field trips within an educational framework to see the film,” PGA awards chair Michael De Luca said in a statement. “Bully sparked a movement, sparked a shift in consciousness and rallied people of all ages to stand up against intolerance and hate. It’s a film that I believe Stanley Kramer himself would applaud and we’re thrilled to recognize it with this honor.”

The film is in the running for a Best Documentary Oscar nomination and this award will likely help its chances. The award is named after the legendary producer/director Stanley Kramer, who is best known for tackling tough social issues in his films.



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