George Lucas honored at White House

President Barack Obama stands with director George Lucas as he awards him the 2012 National Medal of Arts during a ceremony in the East Room of White House, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

July 10, 2013 7:54:14 PM PDT
The Bay Area filmmaker who gave us Yoda and Darth Vader was honored today at the White House.

Star Wars creator George Lucas was among those awarded the National Medal of Arts.

President Barack Obama presented Lucas with the award and spoke about impact of Lucas' special effects on the industry.

"There's a whole generation that thinks special effects always look like they do today," Obama said. "But it used to be you'd see, like, the string on the little model spaceships."

Musician Herb Alpert and playwright Tony Kushner were among those who were also awarded medals at Wednesday's ceremony.