Two-time Academy Award winner, Michael Caine, will receive the ShoWest 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. Caine will be presented with the ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 2, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.
"Where does one begin when referring to Michael Caine," said Neuhauser. "With over five decades of films to his credit, Michael Caine has quietly commanded the screen in well over 100 roles. He simply does it all, and he does it all so incredibly well be it comedy, drama or action. With such films as Alfie, Funeral in Berlin, Sleuth, The Man Who Would Be King, Educating Rita, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules, The Quiet American, and of course, The Dark Knight,' Michael Caine's diversity has accorded him this incredible ability to draw movie audiences in worldwide throughout his career. We could not be more honored to present this brilliant actor with the ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award."
Born in South London, Michael Caine's childhood fascination for cinema, along with his performances in school plays and directing drama in a youth club, all stimulated his imagination and belief that he would one day be an actor. Caine landed his first job, in theater, as an assistant stage manager in Horsham, Sussex, before joining the Lowestoft Repertory Theater in Suffolk as juvenile lead. Caine then moved to London where he obtained a few roles in plays as well as a minor role in the film A Hill In Korea. After a brief move to Paris, Caine returned to Britain touring with one repertory company after another and appearing in more than 100 television dramas. The 1966 Alfie catapulted him to stardom and earned him his first Academy Award nomination and the New York Critics Prize for Best Actor. Caine has gone on to star in over 100 films and has received six Academy Award Nominations winning two for Best Supporting Actor in Hannah and Her Sisters, and The Cider House Rules." Caine continues to entertain audiences having most recently appeared in box office hit The Dark Knight as well as; The Prestige, Batman Begins, The Quiet American and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Caine was honored with a knighthood in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II; and also released his autobiography, What's It All About?, in 1992.
ShoWest is the largest annual convention for the motion picture industry. It is the only international gathering devoted exclusively to the movie business and the single largest international gathering of motion picture professionals and theatre owners in the world. The 2009 edition of ShoWest will be held March 30 - April 2, 2009 at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas and is expected to draw more than 5,000 members of the motion picture industry. Each year, ShoWest attracts delegates from more than 50 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. ShoWest is produced by the Film Group at Nielsen Business Media, the leading trade show producer in the U.S.