'Gotta' director first femme feted in the category

A correction was made to this article on Mar. 17, 2004.

Nancy Meyers, who helmed Sony’s recent laffer “Something’s Gotta Give,” has been named director of the year for ShoWest 2004.

Meyers, who previously helmed 2000’s “What Women Want,” will be feted at an award gala set to close the annual convention for exhibs and distribs March 25. ShoWest will open March 22 at the Paris and Bally’s hotels in Las Vegas.

“Not only is ShoWest thrilled to be honoring Nancy Meyers for directing ‘Something’s Gotta Give,’ but we are just as thrilled to announce that Nancy now becomes the first woman to receive this terrific accolade,” said Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of ShoWest. “(She) has a true knack for creating and bringing to life characters that are so real and human that her films never fail to connect with all moviegoers worldwide, young and old.”

Meyers’ helmed “The Parent Trap” in 1998 as well as wrote and produced 1980’s “Private Benjamin” and “Father of the Bride” (1991).

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