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.