Awards season for Red Tails is coming early for iconic filmmaker George Lucas.
While his latest flick just missed the cutoff for The Golden Globes and The Oscars, George will still receive an honor for his work during the NAACP Image Awards.
The organization has just announced that George is being given the NAACP Vanguard Award during the ceremony on February 17 at the Shrine Auditorium.
The Vanguard is given to someone whose hard work has increased understanding and awareness of racial and social issues. He’s in good company as Tyler Perry, Russell Simmons, Aretha Franklin, Prince and Steve Spielerg are all among past Vanguard recipients.
George, who served as an executive producer for Red Tails, a project he’s been working on for over 20 years, earned the Vanguard as part of a film career that has given birth to such beloved franchises as Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
Red Tails, which centered on one squad of Tuskeegee Airmen, was made with the same flair for storytelling that his more classic films possess.