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George Lucas : biography

May 14, 1944 -

George Walton Lucas, Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American film producer, screenwriter, director, and entrepreneur. He founded Lucasfilm Limited and led the company as chairman and chief executive before selling it to The Walt Disney Company on October 30, 2012. He is best known as the creator of the space opera franchise Star Wars and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Lucas is one of the American film industry's most successful filmmakers financially.

Awards and honors

The American Film Institute awarded Lucas its Life Achievement Award on June 9, 2005. This was shortly after the release of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, about which he joked stating that, since he views the entire Star Wars series as one film, he could actually receive the award now that he had finally "gone back and finished the movie."

Lucas was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Directing and Writing for American Graffiti, and Best Directing and Writing for Star Wars. He received the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Award in 1991. He appeared at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony in 2007 with Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola to present the Best Director award to their friend Martin Scorsese. During the speech, Spielberg and Coppola talked about the joy of winning an Oscar, making fun of Lucas, who has not won a competitive Oscar.

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted Lucas in 2006, its second "Film, Television, and Media" contributor, after Spielberg.

The Discovery Channel named him one of the 100 "Greatest Americans" in September 2008.

Lucas served as Grand Marshal for the Tournament of Roses Parade and made the ceremonial coin toss at the Rose Bowl, New Year's Day 2007. In 2009, he was one of 13 California Hall of Fame inductees in The California Museum's yearlong exhibit.

Year Award Category Film Result
1973 Academy Award Best Director American Graffiti
Best Writing American Graffiti
Golden Globe Award Best Director American Graffiti
1978 Academy Award Best Director Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Best Writing Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Evening Standard British Film Award Best Film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Golden Globe Award Best Director Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Saturn Award Best Director Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Best Writing Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
1980 Hugo Award Best Dramatic Presentation Shared with Philip Kaufman, Lawrence Kasdan, Steven Spielberg Raiders of the Lost Ark
1983 Hugo Award Best Dramatic Presentation Shared with Lawrence Kasdan and Richard Marquand Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Saturn Award Best Writing Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
1988 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Screenplay Willow
1990 Hugo Award Best Dramatic Presentation Shared with Jeffrey Boam, Menno Meyjes, Philip Kaufman and Steven Spielberg Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1999 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Director Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Worst Picture Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Saturn Award Best Director Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
2002 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Director Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Worst Screenplay Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Saturn Award Best Director Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
2005 Empire Award Best Film Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
MTV Movie Award Best International Movie Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Saturn Award Best Director Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Best Writing Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
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