Anti-Defamation League to Honor ‘Minority Report’ Director Steven Spielberg

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Steven Spielberg, who’s directed Tom Cruise in two movies, has sent aliens to New Jersey in ‘War of the Worlds‘ and had a man run for his life when he was accused of a crime he had yet to commit in ‘Minority Report.’ He’s also had aliens show up twice more (in ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ and ‘E.T.’), as well as scared audiences with a ravenous shark (‘Jaws’) and dinosaurs brought back to life (‘Jurassic Park’).

Although Spielberg is known for his sci-fi and action-packed adventure blockbusters, his vast amount of work also remembers darker times in history, such as World War II, slavery, and the Holocaust. For bringing attention to civil and human rights issues through film, Variety reports that Spielberg will be honored with the America’s Democratic Legacy Award by the Anti-Defamation League on December 9 at its annual fundraiser in Los Angeles. According to the report, “ADL hailed Spielberg as a ‘true champion of human rights,’ as evidenced by his film and TV work as well as his broad range of philanthropic endeavors.” Congrats, Mr. Spielberg!

Meanwhile, the celebrated Hollywood veteran is influencing the next generation of filmmakers — director J.J. Abrams, who worked on ‘Mission: Impossible III‘ with Tom Cruise, cited Spielberg as, ““the filmmaker who I feel has had the most influence on our generation.” Spielberg noted that in return, “J.J. has an inexhaustible amount of creative energy.” And at the most recent Golden Globes Awards, Spielberg won the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

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