Steven Spielberg Accepts the TIME100 Impact Award


TIME100 honoree accepts the TIME100 Impact award from Drew Barrymore and Ke Huy Quan.

On Wednesday, American filmmaker Steven Spielberg accepted TIME’s first-ever TIME100 Impact Award in the U.S., a distinction that acknowledges a global pioneer pushing the boundaries to move their industries forward.

Spielberg joked while receiving the accolade from TIME, which in its first issue 100 years ago reviewed the 1922 silent drama Down to the Sea in Ships. “Wow, a [movie about a] big fish eating a boat,” said Spielberg, whose 1975 film Jaws gave him his big break. “I wish I would have thought of that,” he said as the crowd erupted in laughter.