2018 Honorees

Patron of the Artists Award Recipients

Jeffrey Katzenberg

WndrCo Managing Partner and Quibi Founder and Chairman

Jeffrey Katzenberg is co-founder and managing partner of WndrCo, a holding company that invests in, acquires, develops and operates consumer technology businesses for the long term. He is founder and chairman of Quibi, a mobile-first media platform incubated at WndrCo. Katzenberg’s 40 years as an entertainment industry leader include serving as Paramount Studios President of Production and Walt Disney Studios Chairman, overseeing such classics as The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. In 1994, he co-founded DreamWorks SKG and subsequently became CEO of DreamWorks Animation, a publicly-traded company that became the world’s largest animation studio, releasing 32 feature films and 24 television series that brought to life Shrek, Donkey, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train your Dragon. In August 2016, DreamWorks Animation was sold to Comcast for $3.8 billion. Katzenberg’s many recognitions include an Honorary Cannes Palme d’Or and the Motion Picture Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Spike Lee

Director, Producer and Writer

Spike Lee has created an iconic body of storytelling that has left an indelible mark on Filmmaking and Television. His career spans 30 years and includes She’s Gotta Have It,  Do The Right Thing,  Malcolm X, Chi-Raq, and 2018’s BlacKkKlansman. Lee’s outstanding Feature Documentary work includes the double Emmy Award® -winning If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, a follow-up to his HBO documentary film When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and the Peabody Award-winning A Huey P Newton Story. In the television arena, Lee is currently in pre-production on Season 2 of his Netflix Original Series She’s Gotta Have It, a contemporary update of the classic film. Lee is also known for his legendary Air Jordan TV commercials and marketing campaigns with Michael Jordan for Nike. In 1997, he launched the advertising agency Spike DDB, a fully integrated agency with a focus on trendsetter, cross-cultural and millennial audiences.

In addition to his films, TV series and commercials, Lee has directed Music Videos and Shorts for artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Public Enemy, Branford Marsalis, Bruce Hornsby, Miles Davis and Anita Baker. Spike Lee is a two-time Oscar® nominee (Do The Right Thing for Original Screenplay and 4 Little Girls for Documentary Feature) and was awarded an Honorary Oscar® in 2015 for his lifetime achievement and contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences.

Artists Inspiration Award Recipients

Harrison Ford

Actor

Academy Award® nominated actor Harrison Ford has portrayed some of cinema’s most memorable roles characters including Indiana Jones in the Indiana Jones franchise and Han Solo in the Star Wars universe. Ford has starred in everything from Hollywood classics such as American Graffiti and Apocalypse Now to Ridley Scott’s critically-acclaimed Blade Runner. He has garnered numerous awards and nominations including an Oscar nomination, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, the Golden Globes’ prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award, and was presented a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ford will next lend his voice to the animated feature Secret Life of Pets 2, the follow-up film to the box office smash, and it has been announced he will reprise his role of Indiana Jones in the franchise’s fifth film with Steven Spielberg directing.

For over 25 years, Ford has championed the environment through his support of Conservation International where he currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Conservation International is a nonprofit group that protects biodiversity in trouble spots internationally. In addition, Ford has actively supported charities including Riverkeeper, Young Eagles, EarthShare and Restore Hetch Hetchy.

Lady Gaga

Singer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist

Lady Gaga is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable performers and has established herself as a respected singer, songwriter, and actor. In 2008, Gaga rose to fame after releasing the chart-topping album “The Fame,” for which she received two Grammy® Awards. Her follow-up EP, “The Fame Monster,” also was nominated and won numerous accolades including a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. Gaga’s first headlining tour, The Monster Ball, earned rave reviews from critics and fans and went on to become one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. She went on to release “Born This Way” and “ArtPop,” her third and fourth studio albums, to critical and commercial success. In addition to conquering the music world, Gaga has taken the acting industry by storm and earned a Golden Globe® for her performance in Ryan Murphy’s anthology series “American Horror Story: Hotel.” She can next be seen in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born, in which she plays the lead alongside Cooper.

As Founder of Born This Way Foundation, Lady Gaga has worked to create a kinder and braver world by destigmatizing mental health, amplifying the impact of kindness and validating the emotions of young people around the world. Additionally, she has supported charities including the American Red Cross, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Re*Generation, the MAC AIDS Fund, and Haiti disaster relief among many others.

Hosted by

Rachel Bloom

Performances by

Arlissa
Kristin Chenoweth
Adam Lambert
Ledisi

Presenters

Alison Brie
Guillermo del Toro
Adam Driver
Sam Elliot
Jason George
Ryan Gosling
Topher Grace
Geoffrey Owens
Reid Scott
John David Washington
JoBeth Williams
Henry Winkler
Michelle Yeoh