Academy Award nominee George Lucas has announced that his
private foundation will give the University of Southern California,
$175 million which would be used for rebuilding its School of
Cinematic Arts. It is being viewed as the largest donation in US
history. The School of Cinematic Arts is the oldest film school in
the United States.
The American film director, producer and screenwriter, popular
for his epic Star Wars, said "I discovered my passion for
film and making movies when I was a student at USC in the 1960s,
and my experiences there shaped the rest of my career.
"Lucas was nominated for four Academy Awards. He was nominated
for best directing and writing for American Grafitti and
best Directing and writing for Star Wars. In 1991, he
received the Academy's Irving G, Thalberg Award.