Kathleen Kennedy to Be Honored by Art Directors Guild

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Kathleen Kennedy

She will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the Excellence in Production Design Awards.

Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, is set to be honored by the Art Directors Guild, which will present her with its Cinematic Imagery Award at its 22nd annual Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Awards on Jan. 27 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

"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," ADG president Nelson Coates said Monday in announcing the award. "Ms. Kennedy is truly a significant role model. Her creative legacy and professional journey is an inspirational example to all young artists who are in search of a meaningful career in the entertainment industry. Through her perseverance, talent and leadership, she has become an icon elevating the art of production design. She continues to raise the bar for all visual storytellers."

Kennedy, who oversees Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, has received eight Academy Award nominations and most recently produced Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. During the course of her career, she has produced or executive produced more than 70 feature films.

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 moviegoing experience

Producers of this year's ADG Awards are production designers Thomas A. Walsh and Thomas Wilkins. Nominees will be announced Jan. 4. 

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