Is Bully headed for an Oscar nomination?
Given this announcement from the Producers Guild of America, a Best Documentary nod certainly seems likely. The PGA revealed today that Bully, an unflinching look at harassment in schools, will receive the 2013 Stanley Kramer Award at the guild’s awards ceremony in January. The award honors productions or individuals “whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues,” according to a release.
Bully hit with both critics and audiences when it was released in April; EW’s Owen Gleiberman called the film “sensitive and eye-opening,” and it earned a respectable $3.5 million at the domestic box office. Perhaps more importantly, according to PGA Awards chair Michael De Luca, “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. 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 PGA Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.