Steven Spiel­berg given high­est civil­ian hon­our

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US Pres­i­dent Barack

Obama (above, right), on Tues­day, awarded Amer­ica’s high­est civil­ian hon­our to film­maker Steven

Spiel­berg (above), the man be­hind Hol­ly­wood hits E.T., Juras­sic Park and the In­di­ana Jones movies. “Steven’s films are marked most im­por­tantly by a faith in our com­mon hu­man­ity,” Obama said as he awarded Spiel­berg the Medal of Free­dom. “His sto­ries have shaped Amer­ica’s story, and his val­ues have shaped our world,” he added. Obama also noted Spiel­berg’s work in found­ing an or­gan­istaion which records tes­ti­monies of sur­vivors and other wit­nesses of the Holo­caust. The di­rec­tor, who has won three Os­cars and whose films have largely been mas­sive hits at the box of­fice, of­ten nav­i­gates be­tween var­i­ous gen­res, from block­busters like Juras­sic Park to his­toric dra­mas like Schindler’s List. “Films have al­ways been the great­est way for me to un­bur­den my­self of my demons and to there­fore cast my demons on you,” he said ear­lier this month while pre­sent­ing his Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies.

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