Olivia Wilde Set to Receive CinemaCon’s Breakthrough Director Award

Although Olivia Wilde will only present her directorial debut Booksmart in May, she already started gaining recognition for her work on the feature. Wilde will receive a Breakthrough Director Award at this year’s CinemaCon, which serves as the annual gathering of Hollywood studios and cinema owners. The event will be held between April 1st and April 4th in Las Vegas.

“With a dedication to telling stories that need to be heard, Olivia Wilde is bringing her voice to the big screen in her own way with Booksmart,” said CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser in a statement. “Bringing a new perspective to the mind of young women; audiences across the globe are sure to be entertained by this brilliant directorial debut.”

Booksmart, which will premiere on May 24th, tells the story of a group of friends who realize that they have spent their high school years learning instead of having fun. Determined to fix this somehow, they decide to make up for the lost time and try to do everything they missed in one night. The cast of the movie includes Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd, Jessica Williams, Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow, and Jason Sudeikis.

Focused on her directorial debut, Wilde didn’t participate in lots of acting project recently. In 2018 she only starred in dramas A Vigilante and Life Itself, while her last TV project was animated sitcom Son of Zorn in 2017.