The recipients of the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors have been announced, and Star Wars creator George Lucas is among the list distinguished honorees.
The honor “recognizes the extraordinary and unparalleled talents of individuals whose impact and genius have left an indelible mark on civilization.”
From the official Kennedy Center press release:
Filmmaker George Lucas’ devotion to timeless storytelling and cutting-edge innovation has resulted in some of the most successful and beloved films of all time, including the Star Wars saga and the Indiana Jones franchise, while also pioneering new digital standards for sophistication in film visuals and sound and inspiring generations of young people to follow their imagination and dreams. Lucas has directed or produced such memorable films as THX 1138, American Graffiti, Willow, and Tucker: A Man and His Dream.
He has been honored with the nation’s highest award for technological achievement, the National Medal of Technology, presented by the President of the United States for more than three decades of innovation at Industrial Light & Magic. In 2013, Lucas was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest award presented to artists and patrons of the arts by the United States Government, bestowed upon him by the President in recognition of lifetime achievement in the creation and production of the arts in the United States. Taking a philanthropic leadership role in applying his technical and storytelling expertise to the classroom, Lucas founded the George Lucas Educational Foundation in 1991 to highlight proven strategies, tools, and resources for creating lifelong learners. Lucas also serves as a board member of The Film Foundation and the USC School of Cinematic Arts Board of Councilors.
Other honorees include the rock band the Eagles, singer-songwriter Carole King, actress Cicely Tyson, singer-actress Rita Moreno, and conductor Seiji Ozawa.
The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors will take place on Sunday, December 6, 2015, and will be televised on CBS on December 29, 2015 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.
You can read the full press release here.
Congratulations to all the honorees!