Aaron Sorkin and Susanne Bier are among the honorees at this year’s 38th Annual Caucus Awards Gala. The event, being held virtually on March 4th, 2021, will honor those selected by a collective of producers, writers, and directors known as The Caucus for their outstanding efforts this year.
At the ceremony, Caucus Co-Chair Robert Papazian will present Sorkin with the Writers Award, while Nicole Kidman will give the Directors Award to Susanne Bier, who directed Kidman this year in the HBO hit limited series The Undoing. Other honorees include Black-ish actress/executive producer Marsai Martin, who will be given the Rising Star Award, and executive producer Vin Di Bona who will be presented by Alfonso Ribeiro with the Caucus Legend Award.
Hosted by Grey’s Anatomy star James Pickens Jr., the ceremony will also honor Jeanne and Tom Townsend with the Humanitarian Award for their non-profit organization Pianos for People, which was created “to inspire successful futures by providing free access to the transformational power of the piano”. Jeanne will accept the award for herself and Tom, who passed away last year.
The Caucus will also pay a memorial tribute during the gala to longtime Caucus members Dorothea Petrie, the first woman to join the Caucus, and Bill Blinn.
The Caucus’ Annual Awards Dinner has enabled them to award nearly $2 million to date in grants to students across the country. Last month they awarded scholarships to six students: Myra Aquino of University of Los Angeles, Kathryn Boyd-Batstone of University of Southern California, Christine Cho of Chapman University, Tessa Germaine, of Chapman University, Damon Laguna of University of Southern California and Mel Orpen of University of Southern California.
The Caucus Awards will take place at on March 4th at 6:30pm PST/9:30pm EST.