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Kathleen Kennedy To Receive ADG’s 2018 Cinematic Imagery Award

Eight-time Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Kathleen Kennedy will receive the Art Directors Guild’s 2018 Cinematic Imagery Award at its 22nd Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards,. The 2018 Awards, themed “Production Design: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination,” will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

Kathleen Kennedy is President of Lucasfilm and she oversees the company’s three divisions: Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. Kennedy is also the producer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), which set a record for the biggest domestic opening of all time with $248M and went on to earn over $2B worldwide, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12/16/16), as well as the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12/15/17), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and a new installment in the Indiana Jones series (2019).

Kennedy has also produced or executive produced over 70 feature films, which have collectively garnered 120 Academy Award nominations and 25 wins. A frequent collaborator with director Steven Spielberg, Kennedy helped the director realize his groundbreaking films including Jurassic Park, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, The Goonies, Poltergeist, Empire of the Sun, Lincoln (nominated for 12 Oscars and won 2), War Horse, Schindler’s List, The Color Purple, and The Adventures of Tintin.  Other directors she has produced films with include JJ Abrams, Rian Johnson, Ron Howard, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Julian Schnabel, Marjane Satrapi, M. Night Shyamalan, Frank Oz, Peter Bogdanovich and Richard Donner.

Prior to joining Lucasfilm in 2012, Kennedy headed The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which she founded in 1992 with director/producer Frank Marshall, and in 1982 she co-founded the successful Amblin Entertainment with Marshall and Steven Spielberg.

The ADG’s Cinematic Imagery Award is given to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience. Previous recipients have been Brad Bird, David O. Russell, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Frank Oz, the Production Designers behind the James Bond franchise, the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, Bill Taylor, Syd Dutton, Warren Beatty, Allen Daviau, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Terry Gilliam, Ray Harryhausen, Norman Jewison, Robert S. Wise and Zhang Yimou.

Said ADG President Nelson Coates, “We are thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Kathleen Kennedy has made to narrative design for more than three decades, while so beautifully creating a cinematic legacy as represented by some of the most successful movies of our time.

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