Chris Columbus Awarded First Robin Williams Award for Excellence in Entertainment!

Potter fans know director Chris Columbus as the man who brought Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets to life, as well as serving as the producer for Prisoner of Azkaban. He has been nominated for 21 awards in his years as a filmmaker and won five of those nominations, including the 2004 BAFTA Children’s Award for Prisoner of Azkaban. Now, he gets to add one more award to his collection: The Robin Williams Award for Excellence in Entertainment!

The legendary director was presented the award by Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda Williams, who gave an emotional introduction for Columbus.

Chris, when Mom and Dad tried to get you to move your entire family here, you thought they were crazy. But you showed the world how beautiful San Francisco is. Thank you for visiting San Francisco and calling it home. We love you very much and are so grateful to have grown up with you and your entire fire-headed clan.

The event was attended by numerous entertainment industry leaders. Jim McCullough, Founding President of the nonprofit Friends of the San Francisco Film Commission, had nothing but praise for Columbus.

Whether taking us to Hogwarts Academy for Wizards or to San Francisco’s Pacific Heights with Mrs. Doubtfire, Chris is truly the best of what San Francisco has to offer the film industry.

The Robin Williams Award for Excellence in Entertainment is a brand-new award, and Columbus is its first recipient!

Columbus worked with Robin Williams on many movies, including Night at the Museum, Bicentennial Man, and Mrs. Doubtfire, and was close friends with the late actor.

It sure sounds like it was a beautiful ceremony to honor Columbus in the name of his good friend.

What do you think of Columbus’s new award?