In Recognition of Steven Spielberg in Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedomby Representative Ted Lieu
Posted on 2015-12-17
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Mr. TED LIEU of California. Mr. Speaker, I am honored to represent
the hardworking, kind, and exceptionally creative people of
California's 33rd District. I would like to recognize the brilliant
work of one of my fantastic constituents: Steven Allan Spielberg, who
was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President
His films are adored and cherished by billions around the world. With directorial, production and writing credits for incredible films [[Page E1820]] such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ET, Poltergeist, Goonies, the Color Purple, Schindler's List, Amistad, Lincoln, Saving Private Ryan and Jurassic Park as well as the Indiana Jones movies, it is not surprising that Mr. Spielberg is the recipient of three Oscars, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and countless other awards and a myriad of prestigious nominations. He is the recipient of the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award and has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany and as well as an honorary Knight Commanders of the Order of the British Empire for this work, amongst many other international honors. He is co-founder of Dreamworks Studios and Amblin Entertainment.
I believe in no uncertain terms, that Mr. Spielberg is our generations' most significant creator in the field of film. He understands the importance cinematography has on our society-- especially on our children. That is why I commend his efforts in helping the National Boy Scouts of America develop a merit badge in cinematography. Mr. Spielberg has also taken his art and turned it into a passion for service, establishing the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History at the University of Southern California to record testimonies of Holocaust survivors so that their stories may never be forgotten.
Mr. Speaker, for his timeless cinematographic accomplishments transforming modern film, our culture, and our history, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Mr. Steven A. Spielberg.