Zack Snyder, the director behind Watchmen and 300 will be honored as director of the year at ShoWest 2009. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Snyder will be honored at an awards gala set to close ShoWest on April 2, 2009 in Las Vegas.

"Since breaking onto the scene in 2004 with the boxoffice hit Dawn Of The Dead, Zack Snyder has developed a bold, distinctive moviemaking style that has received critical acclaim and has generated boxoffice success around the world," ShoWest co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser said. "His continued dedication to providing audiences with groundbreaking films is unparalleled."

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Fans will be able to see Snyder's latest efforts when Watchmen opens on March 6, 2009.