ShoWest to knight Nolan with award


Christopher Nolan, helmer on 2005's "Batman Begins" and the upcoming follow-up, "The Dark Knight," will be honored as director of the year at ShoWest 2008.

Nolan made his feature directing debut with 1999's "Following" and drew big notice with his second feature, 2001's "Memento." He will be feted March 13 at an awards gala set to close the exhibition confab.

ShoWest opens March 10 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

"Nolan is one of the most talented directors working today whose films consistently achieve both critical acclaim and boxoffice success," ShoWest co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser said. "His ability to grab hold of an audience from the opening frame and not let go until the very end of each film is a testament to his ability as a master storyteller."

Nolan's other recent films include 2006's "The Prestige," which he co-wrote and directed, and 2002's "Insomnia."

ShoWest is produced by Nielsen Film Group, a unit of Nielsen Business Media, parent company of The Hollywood Reporter.