Whedon will receive the Vanguard Award, which recognises achievements in technology and new media at the ceremony on 21 January 2010, held at the Hollywood Palladium. Previous winners of the award include such luminaries as George Lucas, James Cameron and John Lassiter.
“This is an honour I didn’t expect and probably don’t deserve,” said Whedon to The Hollywood Reporter. “The truth is, I’ve never actually guarded a van. But I am a super-total visionary, so that fits. I’m ready to take my place next to the guys who made THX 1138 and Tin Toy (did they ever do anything else, by the way? They showed such promise). This is a time of radical change in media delivery and content, and I’m honestly proud the PGA has singled me out as someone who sort of knows what’s going on.”
Whedon’s next project following the cancellation of Dollhouse will be a rumoured sequel to his web-only series, Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and a feature film named Cabin In The Woods, released in 2011.