Veteran actor, writer and director Rob Reiner — who most recently directed LBJ due from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Electric Entertainment on digital and disc Feb. 6 — will receive the inaugural Stanley Kramer Award for Social Justice from the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA).
The award recognizes him for his career-long activism and support for progressive politics. The director, whose LBJ earned AAFCA’s Seal of Approval, will be presented his award at the 9th AAFCA Awards, scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.
“Even as an actor, Rob Reiner made a statement. In the years he spent on ‘All in the Family,’ he was the liberal voice countering Archie Bunker’s extremely conservative one,” said Gil Robertson, president of AAFCA, in a statement.
Much like Kramer, as a director, writer and producer, Reiner, has craftily used the art form as a springboard of political activism that has resonated far beyond Hollywood, noted a Sony release. His films have spearheaded progressive dialogue on a variety of critical societal issues, be they gender roles and attitudes in When Harry Met Sally or race and justice in Ghosts of Mississippi.
The AAFCA honored Kramer at its 2017 ceremony and decided to create the AAFCA Stanley Kramer Award for Social Justice to encourage and applaud filmmakers like Kramer for infusing their films with a sense of purpose and social responsibility.
“Film served as an important vehicle to explore and examine social issues for Kramer,” Robertson said in a statement. “Our hope is that, through this awareness, it will inspire other filmmakers to continue making those statements.”
Reiner’s LBJ takes a look at President Lyndon Baines Johnson (Woody Harrelson), covering the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the passage of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. The film also stars Michael Stahl-David, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan and Jennifer Jason Leigh.