Naomi Watts to Receive “CinemaCon Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film Award”

Focus Features to Release "The Book of Henry" on June 16, 2017

(March 22, 2017) – Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts will receive the “CinemaCon Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film Award,” it was announced today by CinemaCon Managing Director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) will be held March 27-30, 2017 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Watts will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony taking place on the evening of Thursday, March 30, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, hosted by the Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon.

“With a diverse array of roles in films such as ‘21 Grams,’ ‘I (Heart) Huckabees,’ ‘The Impossible,’ and ‘St. Vincent’ Naomi Watts has continuously given movie going audiences performances that are poignant, powerful and above all engrossingly entertaining,” noted Neuhauser. “With her upcoming turn in Focus Features ‘The Book of Henry,’ she is sure to once again captivate audiences and we are honored to be able to present her with this year’s ‘CinemaCon Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film Award.”

Naomi Watts can be seen this summer starring in “The Book of Henry,” releasing on June 16, 2017, via Focus Features. “The Book of Henry” shows that sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter (Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler), has a dangerous secret and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it.

Born in England, Watts moved to Australia at the age of 14 and began studying acting before being cast in her first major film role “Flirting.” Her additional film credits include; “Mulholland Drive,” “The Ring,” “King Kong,” “21 Grams” “The Impossible,” “St. Vincent” and “Birdman” to name a few. Watts will be seen this year in several projects including; “3 Generations,” “Chuck,” “Twin Peaks,” and Netflix’s “Gypsy.” In addition, she recently wrapped shooting on “The Glass Castle.”

About CinemaCon
CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry –from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas – all on hand to celebrate the movie-going experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry’s greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies.

About NATO
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 33,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 91 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.

Additional information on CinemaCon as well as an application to apply for press credentials can be found at www.cinemacon.com.

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