IESB.net is reporting that ShoWest is going to reward Michael Bay the 2009 Vanguard Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. ShoWest, held from March 30 to April 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, is a trade show for the National Associate of Theatre Owners and the movie studios. Essentially it’s a chance for people to get paid to party and get a sneak at the upcoming slate of movies so they can the theatre companies can decide which to help heavily promote and which may not be entirely worth their resources or screens.
The Vanguard Award will be given to Bay on the "Final Night Banquet on April 2nd at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas. “We are thrilled to be able to honor one of the most bold and imaginative filmmakers in the industry today,” said Mitch Neuhauser, [co-director of the event]. “Michael Bay’s aggressive visual style and memorable action sequences leaves audiences at the edge of the seats and running back to the theaters for more with each new release. We could not be more honored to present Michael Bay with the ShoWest Vanguard Award for Excellence in Filmmaking.”
Congratulations to Michael Bay. Don't party to hard there (which is the real reason to bother to go and receive the award).