The Hollywood Critics Association is set to give Zack Snyder its first-ever Valiant Award at the virtual 4th Annual HCA Film Awards ceremony on Friday.
“As a fan of Snyder’s ever since Dawn of the Dead, I couldn’t be happier that we will be acknowledging his visionary filmmaking and resilience to overcome any obstacles,” HCA chair Scott Menzel said in a statement on Wednesday.
Snyder, one of the biggest filmmakers in the superhero movie genre and the director of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and his upcoming cut of Justice League, is being honored for how he and his wife, Deborah Snyder, who is a producer on Justice League, responded to the death of their daughter, Autumn Snyder, by suicide in March 2017 at age 20.
“As someone whose own life was impacted due to suicide, I was extremely moved by how Zack and his wife and business partner Deborah turned their incommensurable pain into altruistic action, spearheading an effort that has helped countless individuals and families,” HCA chair Ashley Menzel added in her own statement.
In December of 2020, Snyder and his fanbase helped raise over $500,000 dollars for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. To raise additional funds for the AFSP during the HCA Film Awards, the Hollywood critics association plans to purchase a host of Snyder’s merchandise on the Ink to the People fundraising platform to give away on their social media channels during the ceremony.
Snyder is set to release his own cut of Justice League on March 18 on HBO Max. And the epic zombie action-thriller Army of the Dead, which he co-wrote with Shay Hatten and directed for Netflix, is set to launch on May 21.
Snyder is also producing the German language prequel of Army of the Dead for Netflix, as well as an animated series of the same name.
The 4th annual HCA Film Awards will stream virtually on March 5 on the official HCA Facebook page and YouTube Channel.