Octavia Spencer to be presented Producers Guild of America’s Visionary Award

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Octavia Spencer appears at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 6, 2019. [Paul Drinkwater/NBC]

The Producers Guild of America will honor Oscar-winning performer and producer Octavia Spencer with its Visionary Award, which is given to producers “who share inspiring, uplifting stories that add unique value to society and culture.”

The honor will be bestowed at the 31st annual PGA Awards Jan. 18 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, according to Deadline.

“As both an actor and as a producer, Octavia has provided her keen vision to an array of poignant stories across drama, comedy and everything in between,” said PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher in a statement. “She understands how to harness the power of filmmaking to inspire audiences everywhere with stories that showcase undeniable human truths and emotion.”

Spencer won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2012 for “The Help” and has since scored Oscar acting nods for “Hidden Figures” and “The Shape of Water.” Plus, she was co-executive producer of this last year’s Best Picture winner, “Green Book.”

She will next be seen on screens in Apple TV’s “Truth Be Told,” alongside Aaron Paul.

“It is an honor to receive the PGA Visionary Award,” said Spencer in a statement. “From the very beginning of my career in entertainment, I have been guided by my dream to create an impact through storytelling. This is an incredible highlight for me, and I extend my deepest thanks to the PGA for this award.”

Kenya Barris received the 2019 Visionary Award, and past winners include Ava DuVernay, Plan B Entertainment, Chis Meledandri, Laura Ziskin and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll.


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