Kathleen Kennedy Receives Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Congratulations to Kathleen Kennedy, who last night became the first woman to receive the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

Spielberg introduced producers Kennedy and Marshall as “my forever friends, the inseparable, the indomitable,” citing the many films they’ve made together, “until one day I walked into my office and saw the two of them making out on my couch. We were still three but they were two…. I couldn’t be prouder to be their third wheel.”

Kennedy laughed off the couch story and declared herself “very proud to be the first woman to receive the Thalberg, but not the first to deserve it and definitely not the last.”

Kennedy’s speech became an endorsement of the Academy and the entertainment industry’s drive for the “inclusion of powerful new voices.” “As our industry grows and changes, who gets to tell their stories needs to change as well,” she said.

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SOURCEHollywood Reporter
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