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Steven Spielberg Honored by Foundation for the National Archives for His Work in Historical Filmmaking

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 22, 2013 at 12:26PM

The Foundation for the National Archives presented its 2013 Records of Achievement Award to director Steven Spielberg at a black-tie gala at the National Archives on November 19.
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Steven Spielberg National Archives award

The Foundation for the National Archives presented its 2013 Records of Achievement Award to director Steven Spielberg at a black-tie gala at the National Archives on November 19.

The event featured an awards program and conversation between Spielberg and gala chair Ken Burns on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

The Records of Achievement Award is a tribute to an individual whose work has cultivated a broader national awareness of the history and identity of the United States through the use of original records, including those preserved by the National Archives.

The Foundation recognized three-time Oscar winner Spielberg for his contributions as the helmer of “Lincoln” and other historical films including “Saving Private Ryan,” “Amistad,” “The Color Purple” and “Schindler’s List.” He also was honored for his work in establishing the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which has created the world’s largest video archive on a single topic: life histories of survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Steven Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Lincoln


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.