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George Lucas To Be Honored With Prestigious Vanguard Award At 43rd NAACP Image Awards

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 6, 2012 1:31 PM
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No comment on this one from me; but given how much the man (George Lucas) and the film (Red Tails) have been discussed on S&A in recent weeks, I'm sure you folks will have something to say about it, so don't let me stop you :)

By the way, S&A just might be covering the award show in LA (but more details on that later).

In the meantime, read on from the press release I received moments ago:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (February 6, 2012) – Academy Award-winning director, filmmaker, and executive producer George Lucas will be honored with the prestigious NAACP Vanguard Award Presented by UAW/Chrysler at the“43RD NAACP Image Awards,” broadcast live from Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium on Friday, February 17 (8-10 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on NBC.

The Vanguard Award is presented to a person whose groundbreaking work increases understanding and awareness of racial and social issues.  Previous honorees include Wyclef Jean, Tyler Perry, Russell Simmons, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Stanley Kramer and Steven Spielberg.

Lucas’ devotion to timeless storytelling and cutting-edge innovation has resulted in some of the most successful and beloved films of all time.  The creator of “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” Lucas has given birth to characters who have entertained and inspired generations of filmgoers and become bedrocks of worldwide popular culture.  Lucas has directed or produced such memorable films as “THX 1138,” “American Graffiti,” “Willow,” and “Tucker: A Man and His Dream.”  His independent production company, Lucasfilm Ltd., has garnered over 100 Academy Award nominations and more than 40 Oscars and special achievement awards. Today, Lucas is executive producer of the popular animated television series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and he served as executive producer on “Red Tails,” a new film inspired by the historic and heroic exploits of America’s first all-black aerial combat unit.

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  • vickie | February 6, 2012 6:53 PMReply

    "The Vanguard Award is presented to a person whose groundbreaking work increases understanding and awareness of racial and social issues."

  • Donella | February 6, 2012 6:48 PMReply

    I'm glad George Lucas funded this film. From what I see of box office statistics, Red Tails is on track to earn back its production budget after this upcoming weekend. However, the Image Awards have been off my list since they recognized R. Kelly, The Pedophile.

  • Dewey | February 6, 2012 5:37 PMReply

    Oh yes massa! Thank Ya Massa for making a black film massa and taking all the money and convincing us po negroes to spend our money on you. Now weez gonna give you an award for it. Oh thank heavens massa is alive and healthy, thank goodness we'z aint sick.

  • ned | February 8, 2012 6:44 PM

    Well considering the fact that you are probably not a film maker yourself and are possibly funding crap movies such as paranormal activity instead of movies that are actually being funded to educate your mind please don't talk. Your follow up movie to this film should be the documentary "The Empire in Africa" and "Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma". Maybe just maybe your mind will be opened that there are a few people in the world that do want to acknowledge that or race is a race of people not animals. As some here say when a white individual actually does something good there is always the sheep that tend to bleat nonsense. In short if you have time to talk then go do some research and make a film with my time.

  • Tyson | February 6, 2012 6:00 PM

    First of all. Lucas spent 60 million of his own money just to tell a black. Something he did not half to do. So don't start that BS about him being the black savior. The real question should be is where were all the so called black filmmakers at. Lucas did something they should have did years ago. Red Tails may nit have been the best but atleast Lucas did sonething black filmmakers should have.

  • Zeus | February 6, 2012 5:53 PM

    MASSA was the only one willing to fund this film, flaws and all. Your bitch and moan fest is misdirected.

  • Bohemian_princess | February 6, 2012 5:46 PM

    Can't win for losing I see. This site is riddled with post after post on how Hollywood doesn't make black films and the second someone actually decides to step up tell one of our stories and do it you are all still complaining. Was it the best film of the year? Far from it but it's more than many of the Hollywood elite are willing to do. The next you bankroll a film upwards of 93 million then maybe you will have a leg to stand on. In the meantime go sit your country sounding a** down.

  • curtis | February 6, 2012 3:10 PMReply

    Don't get you Tyler Perry comment. He is the biggest black filmaker out there and has giving millions to diffrent black organizations.

  • bohemian_princess | February 6, 2012 3:16 PM

    @Curtis. How do you not get the Tyler Perry comment? The above article states that the Vanguard award is given to: "a person whose groundbreaking work increases understanding and awareness of racial and social issues." Which of the incessant Madea films do you think fall into this category?......still thinking?....I rest my case.

  • Cyril | February 6, 2012 2:44 PMReply

    Lucas, being a black sympathizer, certainly qualifies to be a Black Pioneer, now.

  • bohemian_princess | February 6, 2012 1:46 PMReply

    Even though I will admit that I think the NAACP image awards is among the most ridiculous awards shows around (considering how often Hollywood loves to pat themselves on the back that is saying something) I will say that unlike "black Hollywood" that don't seem to put their money where their collective mouths are (with a few exceptions) Lucas actually made an attempt to tell one of our stories. While the execution was flawed the intent was somewhat admirable. I get that he's a gazillionare but 93 million is still 93 million. S***! If Tyler Perry is on the list of previous recipients I don't see how anyone could complaint about George Lucas.

  • Carlton Jordan | February 7, 2012 6:21 AM

    You give George Lucas a pass for making an expensive bad movie, but not Tyler Perry. Bad is bad. It is so typical of us to be less critical of others. What's the reason Lucas gets a pass when you just saidf it was a bad movie. Many filmmakers put their money where their mouth is, is Lucas the first person ever to fund their own film....NO!

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