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George Lucas To Be Honored With Prestigious Vanguard Award At 43rd NAACP Image Awards

George Lucas To Be Honored With Prestigious Vanguard Award At 43rd NAACP Image Awards

No comment on this one from me; but given how much the man (George Lucas) and the film (Red Tails) have been discussed on S&A in recent weeks, I’m sure you folks will have something to say about it, so don’t let me stop you :)

By the way, S&A just might be covering the award show in LA (but more details on that later).

In the meantime, read on from the press release I received moments ago:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (February 6, 2012) – Academy Award-winning director, filmmaker, and executive producer George Lucas will be honored with the prestigious NAACP Vanguard Award Presented by UAW/Chrysler at the“43RD NAACP Image Awards,” broadcast live from Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium on Friday, February 17 (8-10 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on NBC.

The Vanguard Award is presented to a person whose groundbreaking work increases understanding and awareness of racial and social issues.  Previous honorees include Wyclef Jean, Tyler Perry, Russell Simmons, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Stanley Kramer and Steven Spielberg.

Lucas’ 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. Today, Lucas is executive producer of the popular animated television series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and he served as executive producer on “Red Tails,” a new film inspired by the historic and heroic exploits of America’s first all-black aerial combat unit.

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Comments

vickie

WHY?
"The Vanguard Award is presented to a person whose groundbreaking work increases understanding and awareness of racial and social issues."
WHY?????

Donella

I'm glad George Lucas funded this film. From what I see of box office statistics, Red Tails is on track to earn back its production budget after this upcoming weekend. However, the Image Awards have been off my list since they recognized R. Kelly, The Pedophile.

Dewey

Oh yes massa! Thank Ya Massa for making a black film massa and taking all the money and convincing us po negroes to spend our money on you. Now weez gonna give you an award for it. Oh thank heavens massa is alive and healthy, thank goodness we'z aint sick.

curtis

Don't get you Tyler Perry comment. He is the biggest black filmaker out there and has giving millions to diffrent black organizations.

Cyril

Lucas, being a black sympathizer, certainly qualifies to be a Black Pioneer, now.

bohemian_princess

Even though I will admit that I think the NAACP image awards is among the most ridiculous awards shows around (considering how often Hollywood loves to pat themselves on the back that is saying something) I will say that unlike "black Hollywood" that don't seem to put their money where their collective mouths are (with a few exceptions) Lucas actually made an attempt to tell one of our stories. While the execution was flawed the intent was somewhat admirable. I get that he's a gazillionare but 93 million is still 93 million. S***! If Tyler Perry is on the list of previous recipients I don't see how anyone could complaint about George Lucas.

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