Edward Zwick gets some ShowEast respect

Posted by · 11:23 am · October 2nd, 2008

Edward Zwick on the set of The Last SamuraiThe press release, in part:

Academy Award® winner Edward Zwick has been selected to receive “The Kodak Award for Excellence in Filmmaking” at the 2008 ShowEast convention in Orlando, it was announced by Mitch Neuhauser, Co-Managing Director of the convention. Zwick will be on hand to receive this honor at the ShowEast Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, October 16th at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

“Edward Zwick is one of the most talented and respected multi-hyphenates working in the film industry today,” noted Neuhauser. “Not only is he an accomplished filmmaker in American cinema, but he is also a veteran of television, responsible for some of the most groundbreaking shows of our generation, and he frequently juggles movies with television as he works. From a film standpoint, Edward Zwick’s body of work is diverse, accomplished and acclaimed and to be able to honor him at ShowEast this year is truly a great privilege.”

Zwick has been getting more and more press leading up to the fall release of “Defiance,” which was announced last month as the closing night gala of the AFI Fest here in Los Angeles.

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  • 1 10-02-2008 at 12:38 pm

    McGuff said...

    Is the prevailing thought on this site that ‘Blood Diamond’ was pretty bad? I liked (not loved) it when I first saw it, and was surprised to walk into a variety of sites that despised the movie. DiCaprio’s performance, in particular, seemed to get hit hard by critics. John, Kris or Guy, what did you think about Zwick’s job on ‘Blood Diamond’ and DiCaprio in it?

  • 2 10-02-2008 at 1:03 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I thought “Blood Diamond” actually worked very well as a glossy, travelogue-style action thriller — the kind Hollywood produced often in the 80’s and early 90’s.

    I thought its social commentary was overreaching and ultimately pretty superficial, but that goes for a lot of Zwick’s work, in my opinion. Overall, I was entertained.

    And I’m probably in a minority who thought DiCaprio was absolutely stellar in it. My Southern African compatriots were all bitching about the accent, but I thought he did a very careful job — and accent is hardly the most important aspect of a performance anyway. More significantly (and challengingly), I thought he nailed the prevalent physicality and mannerisms of Afrikaner masculinity. I was impressed.

    Still would have nominated him for “The Departed” instead, though.

  • 3 10-02-2008 at 3:13 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Personally, I thought it was a bad movie. But it was extremely watchable, if that makes any sense. And I thought Leo was great. Also when screeners arrived that year, it was one of the first movies I wanted to watch again.