James Cameron to Receive Prince Rainier III Award From Princess Grace Foundation

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Past recipients include Denzel Washington, George Lucas, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron will receive the Prince Rainier III Award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA on Oct. 25 in Beverly Hills.

Cameron will be honored at the Princess Grace Awards Gala, which will introduce the Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship for young, emerging animators in film. The evening also will include a special dance performance by past Princess Grace Award winners Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith and Joseph Wiggan.

The Prince Rainier III Award recognizes renowned leaders in the arts whose achievements are coupled with demonstrated service to their communities. Cameron, who has directed the two highest-grossing films of all time (Titanic and Avatar) while winning three Academy Awards, is being honored for his "outstanding contributions to the arts" and "exemplary give-back."

Previous recipients include Julie Andrews, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Glenn Close, Queen Latifah, George Lucas, Mandy Patinkin, Sibylle and Robert Redford, Twyla Tharp, Pauletta and Denzel Washington, Cicely Tyson and Dick Van Dyke. The Prince Rainier III Award includes a grant of $25,000 to the philanthropic organization of the recipient’s choice and a unique sculpture by artist Alex Soldier.

This year's gala celebrates the Princess Grace Foundation's 35th anniversary, during which it will award more than $1 million to artists in dance, theater and film. The foundation is named for Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly, who became princess of Monaco in 1956 when she wed Prince Rainier III.

The Oct. 25 gala will host the current prince and princess of Monaco and is co-chaired by Wallis Annenberg and Katia and Sidney Toledano.

“It is my distinct privilege to present the Prince Rainier III Award to James Cameron," Prince Albert II said in a statement. "He is one of Hollywood’s most iconic filmmakers and dedicated philanthropists. His revolutionary work has transformed the film industry, and at the same time he has helped explore the deepest parts of the oceans to help advance science and protect our most vital resources. There is no one more fitting to receive this accolade.”

The Stephen Hillenburg Animation Award is named for the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, who, along with his wife, Karen, endowed the foundation with a donation that will encourage and assist future animators in their professional growth. Hillenburg was the recipient of a Princess Grace Award in 1991 and is the first honoree to grant the foundation such a scholarship. 

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