Sean Penn Receives Producers Guild Award for his Charity Efforts

Sean Penn, the recipient of the "Hollywood Humanitarian Award," poses backstage at the 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) 

Two- time Academy Award winner Sean Penn will receive recognition from Hollywood producers for his active participation in promoting social issues.

Sean Penn will receive the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America on January 22.

The award is named after American film director and producer Stanley Kramer who was famous for producing “message movies.” Director Steven Spielberg once described Kramer as “one of  our great filmmakers, not just for the art and passion he put on screen, but for the impact he has made on the conscience of the world."

According to the chairman of the Producers Guild Award Paula Wagner, “Penn is a committed activist who has shed light on powerful stories, causes and individuals.”

Sean Penn is well known not only for his exemplary work in the movie industry but also for his selfless dedication in humanitarian activities, bringing relief and saving lives of people suffering from calamities.

This is the first time that the Stanley Kramer Award will be handed to a person (Sean Penn) as a recipient.  In the past, the award was given to socially minded films such as "An Inconvenient Truth," "Hotel Rwanda" and Penn's own "I Am Sam."

Last year Penn also received different awards for his humanitarian efforts in Haiti which include Commander’s Award for Service, 82nd Airborne Award for Meritorious Service etc.

He was also received the “Children’s and Families Global Development Fund Humanitarian Award” presented by the Ambassador of the Republic of Haiti and he was also knighted by Haitian President Rene Preval in a ceremony in Port-Au-Prince last year.