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Lucas Honored At Awards Ceremony ....6/15/05

On June 9, 2005, George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars films, received the American Film Institute's (AFI) Life Achievement Award at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

This award is considered the highest honor for a filmmaker and is the 33rd such award given out by
AFI, a national institute that trains aspiring filmmakers.

Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, said: "[George Lucas] 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."

Lucas started the visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic (
ILM), to create the complex special effects of Star Wars. As a result, ILM has advanced the art and science of special effects, creating never-before-seen computer generated imagery for films such as The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Jurassic Park.

Lucas is perhaps best known for his Star Wars films. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge Of The Sith is the sixth and final film of this sci-fi saga. In this film, we learn why Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side and became Dark Vader. Luke Skywalker is the hero in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back , and Return Of The Jedi. In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke learns that Vader is his father.


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