Monday Movie Report: Octavia Spencer to receive Producers award

Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer is now picking up recognition for her producing work too.

According to The Wrap, Spencer will receive a Visionary Award from the Producers Guild of America at its ceremony, scheduled for Jan. 18. The Wrap reports the award honors producers in television or film who share inspiring, uplifting stories.

Spencer’s producing credits includes “Fruitvale Station,” which earned several accolades, and the Oscar winning “Green Book.” Spencer’s producing credits coincide with her acting work, having appeared in pictures such as “The Shape of Water,” “Hidden Figures” and “The Help.” Spencer is now producing a crime drama television series titled “Truth be Told.”

“As both an actor and as a producer, Octavia has provided her keen vision to an array of poignant stories across drama, comedy and everything in between. She understands how to harness the power of filmmaking to inspire audiences everywhere with stories that showcase undeniable human truths and emotion,” said PGA Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher in a statement.

Along with that comment, The Wrap included Spencer’s remarks: “It is an honor to receive the PGA Visionary Award. From the very beginning of my career in entertainment, I have been guided by my dream to create an impact through storytelling.

At the box office this weekend, it was the World War II epic “Midway” winning the top spot over this holiday weekend. The picture earned $17.5 million, ahead of fellow new film release “Doctor Sleep,” which grossed $14 million.

The full top five this weekend was:

1. Midway – $17,500,000
2. Doctor Sleep – $14,000,000
3. Playing with Fire – $12,800,000
4. Last Christmas – $11,600,000
5. Terminator: Dark Fate – $10,800,000

For the upcoming weekend, releases include the action comedy reboot “Charlie’s Angels,” the historical drama “Ford v Ferrari” and the crime drama “The Good Liar.”

  • Good Boys, my rating: 4 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.43 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 79%, MetaCritic rating: 60.
  • 47 Meters Down Uncaged, my rating: 41%, Rotten Tomatoes rating: , MetaCritic rating: 43.
  • The Farewell, my rating: 3.85 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 99%, MetaCritic rating: 89.
  • The Peanut Butter Falcon, my rating: 3.85 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%, MetaCritic rating: 70.
  • The Angry Birds Movie 2, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 73%, MetaCritic rating: 60.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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