George Lucas receives another recognition of his contributions to the movie industry. The legendary creator of "Star Wars" franchise will be awarded with the 2012 National Medal of Arts that president Barack Obama will present himself on Wednesday, July 10 in the East Room of White House.
"By combining the art of storytelling with boundless imagination and cutting-edge techniques, Mr. Lucas has transported us to new worlds and created some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time," says the award citation released by the White House. According to the announcement, Michelle Obama will also attend the ceremony.
Among other honorees of the same award is "Angels in America" playwright Tony Kushner. The Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe will be honored for his contributions to American theater and film. "Whether for the stage or the silver screen, his scripts have moved audiences worldwide, marrying humor to fury, history to fantasy, and the philosophical to the personal," the White House says.
Elaine May, the two-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and actress, is also named a recipient of the award for her contributions to American comedy. "With groundbreaking wit and a keen understanding of how humor can illuminate our lives, Ms. May has evoked untold joy, challenged expectations, and elevated spirits across our Nation," the press release reads.
Last month, Lucas was presented with the Nora Zarky Humanitarian Award at the 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards. Newlywed Lucas was thanked for his educational advocacy as well as overall support of women.