Cameron to Present VES Award to Lucas

Academy Award-winning director James Cameron will be on hand at the 2004 Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards to present the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to filmmaker George Lucas. The event will be held at the Hollywood Palladium on Feb. 18.

According to the Visual Effects Society, the board of directors of the 900-member association selected Lucas for its highest honor in recognition of the contribution that Willow, his five Star Wars films and three Indiana Jones movies have made to the art and science of visual effects. In addition, Lucas founded Lucasfilm Ltd., which encompasses world-renowned visual effects and animation company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).

“The Visual Effects Society can think of no one with a better visual effects history than James Cameron to present this award,” VES exec. director Tom Atkin says of the acclaimed director of such EFX blockbusters as Titanic, Aliens, The Abyss and the first two Terminator films. “Throughout his career, Jim has clearly demonstrated his understanding and appreciation of visual effects to enhance the story-telling process.”

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