Forest Whitaker to be Honoured with Palme d’Or Award
Forest Whitaker will be attending the Cannes Film Festival in France, and he’s going for the same reason he did 34 years ago: to receive a high accolade.
The 60-year-old “Black Panther” actor – who has enjoyed immense success over three decades both in front of, and behind, the camera – first attended the prestigious film festival time in 1988, where he received the Best Actor award for Clint Eastwood’s “Bird”, a biographical about jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker.
Now, Whitaker will receive an Honorary Palme d’Or at the festival’s 75th anniversary, which will be taking place between 17-28 May. The award is an especially significant tribute to those whose artistic careers are matched by their humanitarian efforts.
Upon hearing the news, Whitaker said: “Thirty-four years ago, attending Cannes for the first time changed my life, and assured me that I’d made the right decision to devote myself to finding connectivity in humanity through film.
“It’s always a privilege to return to this beautiful festival to both screen my own work, and to be inspired by many of the world’s greatest artists – and I feel incredibly honoured to be celebrated as part of the festival’s momentous 75th anniversary,” he added.
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