ShoWest taps Dawson for actress nod

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Rosario Dawson will be honored as supporting actress of the year at ShoWest, the film industry convention that will be held March 12-15 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

The actress, who appeared in Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City," will next appear in Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's "Grindhouse," which Dimension Films will release April 6.

"We just know that Ms. Dawson is going to electrify audiences worldwide with her performance in the eagerly anticipated 'Grindhouse,' " Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, said in announcing the award, which will be presented at ShoWest's closing-night ceremony March 15.

Dawson, a native of New York, made her film debut in 1995's "Kids." Her credits also include "Sidewalks of New York" and "Men in Black 2."

Dawson also is starring in "Descent," the first film she has produced, for director Talia Lugacy. The film will premiere in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. She will be seen later this year in "Killshot," directed by John Madden, and also is on tap for Rodriguez and Frank Miller's "Sin City 2."

ShoWest is managed by Nielsen Business Media, parent company of The Hollywood Reporter.
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