CinemaCon Names ‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler Director Of The Year


April 17, 2018

 Photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images 

With only his third feature film,”Black Panther”, 31-year-old director Ryan Coogler has sealed his name in movie history and now CinemaCon will honor him with its 2018 Director of the Year Award. 

“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 CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch 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.”

Coogler is the youngest director and first Black director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is set to receive the Director of the Year Award at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 26. 

Congratulations, Ryan! Thank you for being such a great inspiration to present and future Black filmmakers. 


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