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Angelina Jolie was the golden girl at the 2012 Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night. She not only looked dazzling in her glamorous black Michael Kors gown, she was the recipient of the night's prestigious Stanley Kramer Award for her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey.
Accepting the award from her friend Morgan Freeman, Jolie, 36, told the audience how thrilled she was to receive such a distinguished honor.
"What I hope is that our film helps people not forget the past," said Jolie, whose Bosnian war drama explores the unrelenting violence faced by the people of Sarajevo. "I want people to see what these people have gone through and that they are able to tell their story through their bravery. Their story matters."
Stanley Kramer's widow Karen Sharpe Kramer said it was a "hands-down vote" for Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey to receive the award, which honors socially conscious filmmaking.
"I think women are better directors of violence for film," Kramer said. "Genocide continues throughout the world, and if a film like this can keep being seen, we can help bring an end to the violence."
Jolie, who has insisted she was interested in telling the story more than she was in becoming a director, said she would "definitely" swap acting if she could continue to make movies that matter to her.
"I would love to not be in front of camera. It's nice to shine a spotlight on another actor," she said.