Academy, take note: “Wonder Woman” helmer Patty Jenkins will be honored with Variety’s Creative Impact in Directing Award. According to a press release, the superheroine film’s star, Gal Gadot, will present the prize to Jenkins at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) on January 3. This will mark the first time a woman has ever received the accolade.
The Creative Impact in Directing Award will celebrate Jenkins’ career, including “Wonder Woman’s” critical and commercial triumphs, her Oscar-winning feature debut, “Monster,” and her TV directing work such as “Arrested Development” and “The Killing.”
“Patty Jenkins has directed one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of the year with ‘Wonder Woman,’” Variety Co-Editor in Chief Claudia Eller stated. “The film grossed $820 million worldwide and has inspired women — and men — old and young, to feel as empowered as the superhero at its center.