George Lucas, the director behind Star Wars, is set to receive a lifetime-achievement award tailor-made for him.

Lucas has been named the recipient of a "galactic-achievement award," a prize designed to recognize the impact of his big-screen sci-fi saga, which kicked off in 1977 and will come to a close this year with the release of Revenge of the Sith.

Lucas will be given the honour at ShoWest, a convention of theatre owners in Las Vegas that is a yearly tradition for members of the entertainment industry.

"This unique award celebrates the enduring popularity of the Star Wars movies and the enormous impact and influence they have had on audiences and popular culture," Mitch Neuhauser, a ShoWest organizer, said on Tuesday.

CBC Arts: Lucas honoured for 'galactic achievement'


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