The Cannes Film Festival will honor Forest Whitaker with an honorary Palme d’Or

He had already won a prize on the Croisette, for Bird, 34 years ago.

We already know a name in the Palmarès du 75th Cannes Film Festival. American actor and director Forest Whitakeraged 60, will be greeted with an honorary Palme d’Or, rewarding all of his work and his contribution to the 7th art.

Oscar for Best Actor in 2006 for his performance in The Last King of Scotland, Forest Whitaker had already been crowned on the Croisette, in 1988, winning the prize for male interpretation for his incarnation of Charlie Parker in the biopic bird by Clint Eastwood.

Thirty-four years ago, attending Cannes for the first time changed my life and assured me that I had made the right decision to dedicate myself to finding connectedness in humanity through cinema.“, replied the Hollywood actor in a press release. “It’s always a privilege to return to this beautiful festival to both screen my own work and be inspired by many of the world’s greatest artists. And I feel incredibly honored to be celebrated as part of the Festival’s 75th anniversary.”

The honorary Palmes d’Or are not awarded every year. Forest Whitaker will only be the 14th person to receive such an award since its inception in 2002 and the sixth American after Jodie Foster, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda and Woody Allen.

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