2005: George Lucas

33rd AFI Life Achievement Award

George Lucas was presented with the 33rd AFI Life Achievement Award on Thursday, June 9, 2005 at a black-tie gala event held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

The tribute, both heartfelt and playful, focused on the filmmaker's astonishing contributions to the art and technology of filmmaking, as well as the impact of the epic STAR WARS series. In addition to accolades given by guests including Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford, the evening featured clips from Lucas' films presented with commentary from five Academy Award winning directors--Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard and Peter Jackson. Spielberg presented Lucas with the honor at evening's end.

Additional guests included Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Duvall, Carrie Fisher, Calista Flockhart, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Cloris Leachman, Tom Hanks and Jimmy Smits; as well as intergalactic celebrities Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2.

R2D2 and C3PO on the red carpet.


George Lucas and Harrison Ford


The evening began with a surprise opening song from William Shatner. Performing a modified version of My Way, Shatner was accompanied by a chorus line of dancing stormtroopers with great comic effect.


Jean Picker Firstenberg


Robert Duvall


Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford


Billy Dee Williams


A moving tribute to Lucas' devotion to his family was paired with an acoustic performance by Maroon 5--his children's favorite band.


Jimmy Smits


Tom Hanks


George Lucas and Steven Spielberg


George Lucas


Cloris Leachman and Annette Bening


The after party.


The after party.


The after party.

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