2012 Vanguard Award Recipient
George Lucas’s devotion to timeless storytelling and cutting-edge innovation has resulted in some of the most successful and beloved films of all time. The creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Lucas has given birth to characters who have entertained and inspired generations of filmgoers and become bedrocks of worldwide popular culture. Lucas’ has directed or produced such memorable films as THX 1138, American Graffiti, Willow, and Tucker: A Man And His Dream. His independent production company, Lucasfilm Ltd., has garnered over 100 Academy Award nominations and more than 40 Oscars and special achievement awards.
Lucas’s movies set new standards for visual and aural sophistication. He revolutionized the film industry by forming Industrial Light & Magic to create the visual effects for Star Wars, and was the first filmmaker to use computer technology. His research and development led to the first digital editing system (which later became AVID) and the Pixar Computer, which led to Pixar Animation Studios. In 1999, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace became the first major live-action film to be projected digitally. Three years later, Episode II was the first major movie shot using entirely digital media. Today Lucas is executive producer of the popular animated television series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and served as executive producer on Red Tails, a film inspired by the historic and heroic exploits of America’s first all-black aerial combat unit.