At Saturday’s thirty third annual Producers Guild Awards, Steven Spielberg introduced the 2022 Milestone Award to Lucasfilm leaders George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy. Lucas created the manufacturing firm within the Seventies, and it’s greatest identified for spawning the hit franchises Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
Introducing the pair, longtime collaborator Spielberg, who has labored with each Lucas and Kennedy for many years, stated: “I really feel even on this room, we have to outline what producers do. Producers do regardless of the hell it takes. Braveness and creativeness and utter lack of intimidation, the producer must know all people’s jobs, and never how you can do them, however how they’re performed properly, which is what makes George and Kathy so deserving of this recognition.”
He concluded his introduction by noting “these two titans are nonetheless similar to children enjoying in a sandbox. So it’s one plus one equals 175. That’s the variety of initiatives they’ve collectively and aside: 175. As a result of their singular skills mixed are all within the pursuit of making new tales. New tales which have enriched the artwork kind, pushed our tradition ahead and impressed new generations to inform their very own tales. They’re and at all times would be the power to be reckoned with.”
In her acceptance speech, Kennedy famous she met Spielberg and Lucas on the “dawning of a brand new age” for the movie trade. “We labored facet by facet by means of one revolution in our trade after one other — revolutions not solely within the technique of moviemaking, and within the methods films attain audiences, but in addition within the composition of our enterprise,” she stated. “As ladies, artists of coloration, LGBTQ and in a different way labeled artists and producers who’ve fought for and gained a spot on the desk, propelling our group towards a extra inclusive, various, richer, extra refined and nuanced sense of our tasks for social, racial and financial justice. There’s nobody that I might reasonably share this second with greater than my good friend, my mentor and the best grasp Jedi of all of them: George.”
Lucas thanked his former mentor Francis Ford Coppola earlier than giving an impassioned speech a few producer’s position in filmmaking. “To me, that’s the firstly job of a producer, which is to do the not possible. And also you do it each single day. After which each single day, one thing comes alongside to destroy every little thing you’ve performed. And it’s a must to decide all of it up at lunch, and determine a brand new technique to end the film, along with the director, and it’s formidable to say the least. However a producer by no means works alone. One, it’s a must to have an excellent crew. I’ve at all times had one of the best crews,” he stated. “I couldn’t have performed it with out them. And so I feel my job is also to assemble all of them collectively and encourage them to be one of the best they are often.”
The Milestone Award comes as Lucasfilm celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. Kennedy, the corporate’s president, additionally created Amblin Leisure with Spielberg and Frank Marshall, and labored on movies resembling E.T. The Additional Terrestrial, Schindler’s Checklist, Jurassic Park and the Again to the Future movies. Lucas is understood for guiding the Star Wars movies, in addition to creating the Lucasfilm empire and producing for different nice administrators together with Coppola, Spielberg and Akira Kurosawa.