Producers Guild Honors James Cameron with Milestone Award
It was announced today that the Producers Guild of America (PGA) will honor the legendary Oscar award-winning producer, director and writer James Cameron with the 2011 Milestone Award. The award will be presented to Cameron at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd in Los Angeles. The Milestone Award is the Guild’s highest honor that recognizes an individual (or team) who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. Other film luminaries that have received the honor include Eastwood, Hitchcock, Katzenberg, Ron Howard & Brian Grazer and Walt Disney. Congrats!
"Cameron is an exceptionally talented producer—a true innovator with the rare combination of technical ingenuity and creative vision,” said Paula Wagner, Producers Guild Awards Chair. “Jim has continued to change the film landscape with his ability to deliver groundbreaking masterpieces that present audiences and the industry with unrivaled beauty, originality and impact." That's great praise, but I personally think he deserves it, I love the guy and all of his work. Don't forget that he's currently working on producing Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, set to start shooting next summer, and he also produced the 3D underwater drama Sanctum, which will be out early next year.
"As one of the most respected and admired storytellers of our time, James Cameron has inspired audiences with his creativity time and time again. We are proud to recognize his many talented contributions to the film and entertainment industry with the Guild’s highest honor," said PGA's Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon.
If you want a more detailed look at Cameron's film history, Deadline has the full PGA press release which includes a rundown of his career in the second half. Or if you want some additional reading on Cameron, I highly suggest picking up Rebecca Keegan's book The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron, as it's an incredibly fascinating and wholly entertaining look at his entire life and career, right up until Avatar. Of course not everyone loves James Cameron, but he does have his followers, and I consider myself one of them. Congrats on the honor Mr. Cameron. Now let's make sure At the Mountains of Madness gets made!