Steven Spielberg has been selected to receive the Visual Effects Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008. Kudo is the VES’ highest honor.Org’s board of directors cited the contribution of Spielberg’s films, both as a director and a producer, to the art and science of visual effects. “Steven Spielberg is the first director that to comes to mind when you think of amazing visual effects due to his enormous body of creative groundbreaking work,” VES chair Jeff Okun said. His next film as helmer is “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” produced by another VES lifetime achievement honoree, George Lucas. The sixth annual Visual Effects Society Awards will be presented Feb. 10 at the Kodak Theater Grand Ballroom in Hollywood.