Despite a number of issues surrounding controversy and the Covid pandemic, award season has begun in Hollywood.

The Producer’s Guild of America is honouring George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy for “their contributions to the film industry.” The PGA will present Lucas and Kennedy with the Milestone Award as a part of their annual awards ceremony in March.

The duo will join a prestigious list of previous winners including Louis B. Mayer, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg.

Issuing a statement, Lucas noted that the award is a “ celebration of all that goes into bringing stories to life.” Adding, “being recognized alongside my longtime friend and fellow producer Kathleen Kennedy makes this honoring of our shared and individual works even more meaningful.” Lucas has been a part of “Star Wars”, Indiana Jones, and “American Graffiti”.

Kennedy has worked on Indiana Jones, “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” “Schindler’s List,” “Jurassic Park”, the “Back to the Future” films, and the latest versions of the “Star Wars” franchise.

Kathleen Kennedy issued a statement on receiving the award saying, “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.”

PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher also issued a statement on the announcement saying that Lucas and Kennedy have, “carved out a fantastic empire of entertainment that inspires and entertains billions, all with the highest levels of both creative and technical achievement.”

They continued, “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.”

The 50th annual Producer’s Guild Awards are currently scheduled for March 19, 2022.

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