Stars of all stripes hit ShoWest

Hathaway, Parker, Downey honored on closing night

"I love being a storyteller," Anne Hathaway said as she accepted the Female Star of the Year Award at ShoWest's closing-night awards ceremony.

As did most of her fellow honorees, she used Thursday night's occasion to thank the hundreds of exhibitors gathered at Las Vegas' Paris hotel for playing her films. "That job wouldn't be what it is without you," said the actress, whose credits range from "The Princess Diaries" and "The Devil Wears Prada" to the upcoming "Get Smart." "Because storytellers without places to play in, without homes, without your theaters — we're just dreamers."

Robert Downey Jr., who stars this summer in the superhero movie "Iron Man" and the comedy "Tropic Thunder," took a different tack. After offering his thanks for being named Male Star of the Year, he proceeded to quote New York's scandal-beset Gov. Eliot Spitzer, saying, "I go forward with the belief, as others have said, that as human beings our greatest glory consists not in never failing but in rising every time we fall."

Director of the Year Christopher Nolan, who is helming the upcoming Batman sequel "The Dark Knight," was more straightforward. "Those screens, those theaters are the reasons I do what I do, and I want to carry on doing it," he said.

Charles Roven, who is represented onscreen this year by Lionsgate's "The Bank Job," Warners' "Get Smart" and "The Dark Knight" and Sony's "The International," was honored as Producer of the Year. "I'm usually called an independent producer," he said, "but the reality is, more than anything else I'm a dependent producer — dependent on the seemingly never-ending series of collaborations that actually culminate with the collaboration with you all there, the theater owners."

Film and TV star and fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker was hailed with ShoWest's Vanguard Award. "I'm actually confounded as to why I'm the recipient of this inaugural Vanguard Award, but I'm extremely flattered," said the actress, whose "Sex and the City" is coming to the big screen in May. "I will try desperately to be worthy and deserving."

Brendan Fraser, who stars this summer in "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D" and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," received the Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film Award. "It's been a diverse, interesting ride," he said. "I didn't really realize I've been this busy until this moment."

ShoWest rolled out an Ensemble Award for the cast of Sony's upcoming gambling film "21," which screened Wednesday night at the convention. On hand to accept were Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth and Jim Sturgess, who said, "This film is really about a team, so to get an ensemble award is really kind of cool."

Abigail Breslin, who next appears opposite Jodie Foster in the fantasy adventure "Nim's Island," was feted as Female Star of Tomorrow. "I'm encouraged by this award, and I promise to try my best at every role that I get," she said.

Emile Hirsch, who's gearing up for his starring role in this summer's "Speed Racer," took home the trophy for Male Star of Tomorrow. Since it was his 23rd birthday, the band struck up "Happy Birthday" as he walked to the stage in the cavernous ballroom, and he said, "This is a wonderful birthday present."

Kicking off the evening, Seth Rogen, who struck it big last summer with "Knocked Up" and "Superbad," lived up to his designation as Comedy Star of the Year. "This is the first award I've won," he said, "and I didn't beat anyone, which kind of sucks. So I'm gonna pretend that I did and just thank the other nominees — sorry, Jack Black and Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler and Sacha Baron Cohen. Sorry, guys, it wasn't your year."

"Access Hollywood's" Nancy O'Dell and Billy Bush emceed the evening.

As a warm-up to the main awards, "The Bourne Ultimatum" took home the fourth annual USA Today/Coca-Cola Consumer Choice Award for favorite movie of the year voted by the readers of USA Today.

The Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Award was presented to Austin Formato for his short film "Museum."

ShoWest is produced by the Entertainment Group, a division of Nielsen Business Media, parent company of The Hollywood Reporter.
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