Star Wars creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy will receive the 2022 Producers Guild of America Milestone Award during the 33rd edition of the PGA Awards, the guild has announced. This is their most prestigious honor, and Lucas and Kennedy will receive it “for their unparalleled contributions to the film industry both individually and collaboratively through Lucasfilm.” They will join cinematic legends like Alfred Hitchcock, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg, among many others.
PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher said in a statement:
“Together, George and Kathleen have carved out a fantastic empire of entertainment that inspires and entertains billions, all with the highest levels of both creative and technical achievement. What George has built through his movies and through Lucasfilm has enriched every facet of filmmaking, and his colossal creativity and technical genius amazed the world. Kathleen has ascended to the highest levels of our industry, facing ever-changing challenges each time she succeeded in producing one of the brilliant and boundary breaking films she is known for. And since joining Lucasfilm as president, she has expertly exalted its IP to be even more influential and treasured around the world. We’re very proud to honor George and Kathleen as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm.”
George Lucas, who received another honorary award from the producers’ guild in 2003, the Vanguard Award, said in a statement:
“Receiving the Milestone Award from the PGA is a celebration of all that goes into bringing stories to life across a lifetime… protecting creativity while balancing business, moving technology forward to make real what you can see in your mind’s eye and doing it all from scratch most of the time. Being recognized alongside my longtime friend and fellow producer Kathleen Kennedy makes this honoring of our shared and individual works even more meaningful.”
Kathleen Kennedy already received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Pictures in the year 2008 (along with her husband, Frank Marshall), and also has a film she produced accepted in the PGA Hall of Fame (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) in the year 2000. She won a PGA Award in 2012 for producing The Adventures of Tintin, and has had six other PGA Awards nominations throughout her career. She added the following:
“I am very honored to share this award with George Lucas who has inspired a generation of filmmakers who were coming of age, not only through his storytelling but through technological innovation that unlocked our imagination.”
The ceremony will take place on March 19 at the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. It will be an untelevised event.