George Lucas has received plenty of awards and honors over his legendary career, and yesterday, he added another impressive accolade to his resume.
In the East Room of the White House yesterday, President Barack Obama honored Lucas and other distinguished artists and humanitarians by presenting the National Medals of Art and the National Humanities Medals.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Obama hugged Lucas and talked about the first time he saw Lucas’s iconic Star Wars films, praising Lucas for his achievements in visual effects.
“There’s a whole generation that thinks special effects always looked like they do today,” said Obama. “But it used to be you’d see, like, the string on the little model spaceships.”
Lucas was one of 24 honorees at the afternoon ceremony, including musician Herb Alpert, writer Joan Didion and playwright/screenwriter Tony Kushner.
Obama called the artists and humanitarians “ripples of hope” and said that their work “reminds us that the human imagination is still the most powerful tool that we have as a people.”