Steven Spielberg given highest civilian honour
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.