He'll receive director of the year award March 12 in Las Vegas

“Wag the Dog” helmer Barry Levinson has been named ShoWest’s 1998 director of the year. He will receive his tribute at the ShoWest Awards in Las Vegas on March 12.

Past ShoWest director recipients include Joel Schumacher, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Lawrence Kasdan, Jerry Zucker, Tim Burton, James L. Brooks, Leonard Nimoy, Taylor Hackford and George Lucas.

Levinson’s political satire “Wag the Dog” has received two Academy Award nominations this year — one for Dustin Hoffman as best actor and another for Hilary Henkin and David Mamet for adapted screenplay.

Levinson, whose directing credits include “Bugsy,” “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Young Sherlock Holmes,” “Tin Men” and “The Natural,” won the 1988 director Oscar for “Rain Man.” His most recent directorial project is the sci-fi thriller “Sphere,” which opened Feb. 13.

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