Movie director Steven Spielberg followed in the footsteps of U2 frontman Bono and Nelson Mandela as he was awarded Pennsylvania's Liberty Medal on Thursday (08Oct09).
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton presented the Oscar-winning filmmaker with the prize at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in a ceremony to honour the star's artistic and humanitarian efforts.
Clinton took the opportunity to praise Spielberg's charity efforts, which include setting up a foundation to document the stories of Holocaust survivors after he made World War II drama Schindler's List.
Clinton told the crowd, "We honour a man today who has always been able to make a simple story and make it scary, make a simple story and make it interesting, and make a simple story and remind us of the greatness in us all."
Spielberg will donate the Liberty Medal's $100,000 (£62,500) cash prize to the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.