Viola Davis, 56, will be honored with the Women In Motion Award, given by the Kering Group and the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Since 2015, the award has highlighted women of the arts and culture, and who also play a transformative role in society.
The festival organization praised the actress and producer “for her acting roles and her commitment to the rights of women and minorities”, they said in a statement. “Her talent, hard work, choice of roles and the way she plays them have earned her the highest recognition in the film industry.” Davis, known for great leading and supporting titles, such as the series “How To Get Away With Murder”, and for the films “The Help” and “Fences”, has already received an Oscar, an Emmy, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and four SAG. Being the only African-American actress to receive so many nominations for her roles. Viola is currently airing as Michele Obama in “The First Lady”, an original Showtime production.
The Stars Dinner will take place on May 22 and will be hosted by Kering President and CEO François-Henri Pinault, Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure and Festival Executive Director,Thierry Frambux. Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda, Geena Davis and Isabelle Huppert, among others, have already been crowned in previous years.