Star Wars boss to be honoured by BAFTA

Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy will be presented with BAFTA’s highest honour at the annual British Academy Film Awards in February.

She will receive the BAFTA Fellowship at the ceremony which takes place on Sunday 2nd February.

Kennedy’s career has spanned 40 years with more than 70 feature films to her name, which have collectively garnered 119 BAFTA nominations and 27 wins, and 25 Academy Awards from 125 nominations.

In 2012 she became president of LucasFilm and has produced all of the Star Wars films of the modern era.

Speaking of her award, Kennedy said: “British filmmaking has always played a significant role in both my life and career. The recent Star Wars movies – all shot on sound stages and locations across the UK – are just the latest opportunities that I’ve had the privilege to work with British crews and filmmakers, which began in 1980 with Raiders of the Lost Ark and continued with Temple of Doom, Empire of the Sun, Young Sherlock Holmes, War Horse, The Adventures of Tintin, and others.

“I am deeply honoured to receive the Fellowship from BAFTA, and am incredibly thankful to have worked with so many talented members of our extended family in the British filmmaking community.”

This year’s British Academy Film Awards take place at the Royal Albert Hall and will be hosted by Graham Norton.

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