She’s already one of few performers to achieve EGOT status, but Rita Moreno will be adding another honor to her resume, with the Producers Guild of America announcing Wednesday it will present her with its 2022 Stanley Kramer Award.
The award honors “a production, producer or other individuals whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues,” according to the guild.
Moreno, 90, will receive the honor during the PGA Awards ceremony March 19 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City.
“With grace, intelligence, charisma, and kindness, Rita Moreno made her mark in history as a brilliant entertainer and leveraged that star power to shepherd stories that tap into the human experience and represent people and communities we rarely see celebrated in film and TV,” PGA Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher said in a joint statement. “Beyond her on-screen contributions, she has used her unmistakable voice to hold a mirror to the prejudices and inequities that she so often experienced throughout her career. Her activism, strength, and artistic contributions set the precedent for how to be a changemaker in Hollywood, and it is our great honor to present Rita with the Stanley Kramer Award this year.”
Best known for her Academy Award-winning role in “West Side Story,” Moreno is one of only a handful of performers to receive an EGOT — meaning she’s won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. She has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Arts, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Peabody Career Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honor.
“The last thing I ever dreamed of in my young life was being honored in any circumstance,” Moreno said in a statement released by the PGA. “That the Producers Guild of America has chosen to honor me not only for my work but for the principles I have tried to uphold and live by throughout my life is so gratifying. I am thrilled.”
She most recently appeared in and served as an executive producer on Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story.” She will appear this year in the film “The Prank.”