Academy to Give Thalberg Award to George Lucas

From Times Wire Services

Film producer George Lucas, creator of the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" movies, has been voted to receive the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors, it was announced Saturday.

The award is given to a "creative producer whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production," and is awarded only in years in which the Academy board feels there is a deserving recipient, spokesman Bob Werden said. The award has been given only 30 times.

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