This had to have been a first: A winner of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award -- an elite group whose ranks include cinema luminaries such as Orson Welles, Elizabeth Taylor, John Ford,
But there was George Lucas -- the creator of the
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars," the 5-year-old computer-animated
Lucas, 69, proudly noted, "This is my first Emmy." He thanked the show's producers, writers and actors -- "and all those poor souls that toil over their computers."
Many in the audience were thrilled that Lucas was sitting among them -- a feeling that "The Price Is Right" executive producer Mike Richards expressed when he accepted the Emmy for best game show.
"First of all," Richards said, "I just want to say it's really cool to win an award in front of George Lucas -- because that's never probably going to happen again."