Is an expert in his field, Ang Lee is set to be honored with the 2008 ShoWest/NATO Freedom of Expression Award, thanks to his drama thriller "Lust, Caution." A film director and producer as well, Lee is set to receive the honor March 11 later this year alongside Focus CEO James Schamus, with whom he has collaborated on the big screen project.
"One year ago at ShoWest, I called upon cinematic artists to take the NC-17 rating seriously," National Association of Theatre Owners president and CEO John Fithian said in a statement on Lee and James' winning. "Ang Lee and James Schamus answered that call with 'Lust, Caution,' demonstrating uncompromising integrity in their filmmaking and, by accepting the NC-17 rating, that same integrity in clearly labeling a film intended for adults as what it was. NATO and our members congratulate Ang and James on a legacy of integrity in filmmaking."
As of this year, ShoWest which is produced by the Nielsen Film Group, a division of Nielsen Business Media, is set to be held from March 10 to 13 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas. The inaugural ShoWest/NATO Freedom of Expression Award, meanwhile, will be presented at the convention's Opening Day Luncheon at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas.
In addition to "Lust, Caution", Lee and James have also collaborated on the hit movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". Lee, furthermore, also is a best director Oscar winner for 2005 "Brokeback Mountain."