Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has been on a fast track toward legendary status, and his ascent continues with the announcement that he'll receive this year's CinemaCon Director of the Year Award.
CinemaCon Managing Director Mich Neuhasuer announced in a statement that Coogler will be presented the award during the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards on April 26 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosted by the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, the Coca-Cola Company.
“In just a few short years, Ryan Coogler has positioned himself as one of the most dynamic, talented and successful directors of our time,” said Neuhauser. “With the release of Black Panther, he has given us a film that is not just a box office juggernaut in grossing more than $1.3 billion globally, but a film that has crossed all cultures and ethnicities and has resonated beyond anyone’s wildest imagination from a societal standpoint. His is a landmark film and we couldn’t be more delighted to be honoring him as our Director of the Year.”
The film has become much more than a mere movie; it's a worldwide movement. Black Panther is the No. 1 February release of all time, as well as the No. 3 domestic release and the No. 10 global release of all time. The film has grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide.
CinemaCon is the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and will take place April 23-26 at Caesars Palace.