First-Time Director Helen Hunt to Be Honored ShoWest's Breakthrough Director
One more actress is added to the list of honored stars at the 2008 ShoWest Annual Convention. At the event held from March 10 to 13 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas, the Emmy and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt has been set to be awarded with the title of Breakthrough Director of the Year.
The 44-year-old actress will be presented with the kudo at the convention's Opening Day Luncheon on March 11. She is chosen to be given the prize following her latest film "Then She Found Me", which was the opening film of the 19th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival. In the drama comedy starring Colin Firth, Bette Midler and Matthew Broderick, the star of "As Good as It Gets" took the role of the leading actress and most importantly the helmer.
On her receiving the Breakthrough Director prize, ShoWest co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser pointed out on her works in front of as well as behind the camera. "With such diverse work in theater, television and feature film, Helen Hunt's work in front of the camera is widely known and has garnered her critical acclaim worldwide," he reasoned. "We are thrilled that she has now decided to take her talents behind the lens, making her directorial debut with 'Then She Found Me,' which will be screening at our Independent Showcase."
Aside from Hunt, ShoWest will also recognize other theps, such as Robert Downey Jr., Brendan Fraser, Anne Hathaway and Abigail Breslin, for their works in the film industry. However, unlike Hunt, they will received their honorary kudos at an awards gala held to close the cinema exhibition and distribution event.
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