Steven Spielberg Awards

From humble beginnings to greatness. That is the story of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. Steven Spielberg got a start in filmmaking as a young boy and his talent was already apparent in his first short movie, made as a boy scout. And he went on to make hugely successful blockbusters such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jaws, ET, Schindler’s List, Jurassic World, Munich, Catch Me If You Can, Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan and numerous other pictures.

Over the span of his career Spielberg has won three Academy Awards. He was nominated for seven Academy Awards for the category of Best Director, and won two of them (Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan), and eleven of the films he directed were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar – Schindler’s List won.

The following is an impressive list of his other awards:

In 1987, Spielberg was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for his work as a creative producer.

In 1995 Steven Spielberg received the American Film Institute AFI Life Achievement Award .

In 1998, Spielberg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit with Ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of his film Schindler’s List and his Shoah-Foundation.

Steven Spielberg is also an honorary knight, both in the United Kingdom, where he was appointed as an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the entertainment industry of the United Kingdom and in France. In 2004, he was admitted as knight of the Légion d’honneur by President Jacques Chirac.

2006 was another successful year for Spielberg. On July 15th, he was awarded the Gold Hugo Lifetime Achievement Award at the Summer Gala of the Chicago International Film Festival, and on December 3rd he was awarded a Kennedy Center honor.

In 2008, Spielberg was awarded the Légion d’honneur. In June of the same year, he received Arizona State University’s Hugh Downs Award for Communication Excellence.

In October 2009 Steven Spielberg received the Philadelphia Liberty Medal; presented to him by former US president, Bill Clinton. 

On October 22, 2011 he was admitted as a Commander of the Belgian Order of the Crown. The Commander is the third highest rank of the Order of the Crown.

On November 19, 2013, Spielberg was honored by the National Archives and Records Administration with its Records of Achievement Award.


In November 24, 2015, Spielberg was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House.


On May 26, 2016, Spielberg was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by Harvard University.