Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis will be recognized at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival by receiving the Women In Motion Award.
François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kerin, Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Film Festival and Thierry Frémaux, Executive Director of Cannes, will present the award to Davis at the Women In Motion dinner in Cannes on Sunday (May 22), according to an official press release.
“Viola Davis, known throughout the world for her acting roles and her commitment to the rights of women and minorities, is one of the most influential American actresses and producers of her time,” a statement on the Kering website reads.
Adding that, “Her talent, hard work, choice of roles and the way she interprets them have earned her the very highest recognitions in the film industry. Viola Davis is one of the few Hollywood personalities to have won a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, four SAG Awards, and what Hollywood calls the Triple Crown of Acting: two Tony Awards, an Oscar and an Emmy, for her roles in the stage play King Hedley II, Fences and its remarkable film adaptation, and the TV series How to Get Away with Murder. This astonishing record also makes her the only African American actress to have received so many nominations and awards for her roles in theater, television and film.”
Most recently, Davis sat down with Oprah Winfrey in a Netflix special to discuss her newly released memoir Finding Me that tells the story of her childhood in South Carolina and her journey within the entertainment industry.
Davis stars in Showtime’s The First Lady playing Michelle Obama and will star in an upcoming film The Woman King, slated to release during fall 2022.