As all the journalists, vendors, and publicists make their hung-over ways home from ShoWest, here are a few last words from the event.

Overall, we got come pretty cool scoops (all of which can be seen below) and saw some pretty amazing films (which we will be able to tell you more about in months to come – damn embargo!). I quickly learned, ShoWest was all about the studios promoting themselves and giving themselves a pat on the back for what they’re done and what they’re about to do. So it was only natural that at the end of the event, they would throw and award ceremony to honor all the stars of their upcoming films. Luckily, they have some pretty amazing films and actors to celebrate.

Check some of the highlights for the convention and a list of the award winners below.

The final night Awards went to:

  • Dennis Quaid as Male Atar of the Year (does that make sense to anyone?). His 2009 releases include: The Horsemen, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and Pandorum. I’m lost.
  • Rachel McAdams as this year’s Outstanding Female Star of the Year. This one I understand, she has State of Play, Sherlock Holmes, and The Time Traveler’s Wife all coming out in 2009. big year for her.
  • Zack Snyder as Director of the Year for his film Watchmen. I’m on the fence about this one. It was cool film, but we have seen and are about to see a lot of other cool movies coming up. At the award show he stated: “For me, theaters are like a church or a shrine,” Snyder told the assembled exhibitors. “And that’s where movies need to be seen.” Can someone translate? Is he referring to the Wolverine leak issue? If so, say it!
  • Zac Efron, has been given, the Breakthrough Performance Award for Disney’s upcoming 17 Again. I guess that was for all the 13-year-old girls in the audience.
  • Chris Pine, introduced a new Star Trek trailer to the audience as he was awarded the Male Star of Tomorrow award. This will definitely be a huge year for him.
  • Comedy Star of the Year went to Bradley Cooper, who will be coming out in four films this year including The Hangover, Case 39, All About Steve, and The Prince of Providence.
  • Roger Ebert accepted a lifetime achievement award for film journalism and have the best comment of the entire convection, read by his lovely wide Chaz. He said “In times like these, we all need to see a good movie.” Couldn’t agree with you more Ebert.
  • Patricia Clarkson, who co-stars with Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood in Whatever Works and was an Indie Film Honoree for Acting Excellence for her role in the film. She also introduced Allen’s film earlier that day to the audience by saying: “Like Woody, this film is warm and witty and profoundly funny.” Nicely said, now I don’t have to come up with anything.
  • Blow em up, action Director Michael Bay managed to snag a Vanguard Award for excellence in film-making.
  • And then of course, the highlight of the evening, was Michael Caine receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award for all his many, MANY amazing performances most recently including his role in Is Anyboy There, which was premiered at the convention to a weeping audience.

So that’s about it! To find out more on what went on at ShoWest, check out the stories below…