The Art Directors Guild has selected "Star Wars" producer Kathleen Kennedy, as the recipient of its cinematic imagery award.The guild will present the honor Jan. 27 at its 22nd Annual Art Directors Guilds Excellence in Production Design Awards. The event will be held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.ADG President Nelson Coates said, "We are thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Kathleen Kennedy has made to narrative design for more than three decades, while so beautifully creating...
The eight-time Academy Award-nominated producer was handpicked by George Lucas to become president of Lucasfilm in 2012, and scored a $2 billion mega-hit with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
It marks another highpoint in the long and uber-successful career of one of the most respected executives in the industry; over the past few decades, Kennedy has produced or executive produced over 60 films, which have racked up an astonishing 120 Oscar noms, with 25 wins, and over $11 billion worldwide in grosses. Among those are some of the highest-grossing films in history (“Jurassic Park,” “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”) as well as such diverse fare as the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “Lincoln,” “War Horse,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Color Purple,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Gremlins,” “The Goonies,” “Poltergeist,” “War of the Worlds,” “Twister,” “Adventures of Tintin,” “Persepolis” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”
A renowned problem-solver and hands-on producer, she co-founded Amblin Entertainment with director/producer – and future husband – Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg, and then headed The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which she founded in 1992 with Marshall. The duo went on to produce such acclaimed films as “Seabiscuit,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Sixth Sense.,” Currently ramping up several “Star Wars” projects.