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:: Spotlight :: George Lucas receives top American honour

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

George Lucas was selected by the American Film Institute's (AFI) Board of Trustees to receive the 33rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honour for a career in film. The award was presented to Lucas at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 9, 2005.

“I've been very fortunate to have had a long career doing what I love to do, and being recognised by AFI for it is really an honour,” Lucas said. “I'm proud to be counted among such an extraordinary group of people whose lives are dedicated to the art of making movies.”

George Lucas has proven to be a master storyteller and a moving image pioneer. An AFI spokesman said, “He has advanced the art of the moving image like few others, and in the process has inspired a new generation of filmmakers around the world. AFI is proud to present him with its Life Achievement Award.”

Lucas has recently ended the Star Wars trilogy with Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.

Here are pictures courtesy of the American Film Institute.

George Lucas receives his award
George Lucas with a fan George Lucas with Steven Spielberg
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford pay tribute Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Bonnie Hammer and George Lucas George Lucas and Harrison Ford
Laura Allen on the red carpet Molly Sims on the red carpet
Bonnie Hammer and Steven Spielberg