By Teresa Jue
Updated August 26, 2014 at 02:31 PM EDT
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Yoda, Darth Vader, and R2-D2 would be significantly lacking without the visual effects that created them—and these creations and innovation in digital cinematography have put George Lucas and his companies on the forefront of technological advancement in film. On Oct. 23, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will be giving honorary membership into the society, its highest award, to George Lucas during its Honor and Awards ceremony.

Lucas is the founder of Industrial Light & Magic, sound company THX, and Pixar Animation, which began as a subdivision of Lucasfilm.

This post has been updated to reflect that the ceremony will be held on Oct. 23. EW regrets the error.