Actress Julia Roberts has been named godmother of the 2022 Trophée Chopard at the Cannes Film Festival. As godmother, Roberts will present the award to a rising young male and female actor. She follows Godmother Jessica Chastain, who presented the award to Jessie Buckley and Kingsley Ben-Adir at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
Zhang Ziyi, Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Cate Blanchett, Elton John, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Helen Mirren are among past presenters. Past recipients include Florence Pugh, Joe Alwyn, Marion Cotillard, Ezra Miller, Shailene Woodley, Logan Lerman, James McAvoy, John Boyega and Gael García Bernal, many of whom have gone on to extremely successful careers after receiving the award.
Roberts is known for her roles in “Pretty Woman” (1990), “Erin Brockovich” (2000), “Flowers of Steel” (1989) and a long list of other iconic films, including many romantic comedies in the 1990s and early 1990s. from the 2000s. This year, she can be seen on the Starz series “Gaslit”, playing the role of Watergate whistleblower Martha Mitchell. After stepping away from the rom-com scene, Roberts is returning in October with “Ticket to Paradise,” starring opposite George Clooney.
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in “Pretty Woman”. (Photo: Playback/Instagram)
Festival President Pierre Lescure, General Delegate Thierry Frcalledx and Chopard Co-President and Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele will host the ceremony at a dinner on the Croisette in Cannes on May 19.
“For a movie fan like me, Julia Roberts represents a movie legend”said Scheufele. “Her energy and talent have left an indelible mark on successive generations and it is an honor that she has agreed to symbolically pass on the experience of her rich career to the two winners of the 2022 Trophée Chopard.”
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, which is being celebrated with a highly anticipated lineup that includes David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future,” his first film since 2014; “Elvis”, by Baz Luhrmann, his first film since 2013; “Top Gun: Maverick,” starring Tom Cruise; and “Moonage Daydream” by Brett Morgen, a cinematic homage to David Bowie.
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