The Palme D’Or is one of the most prestigious awards in cinema and Forest Whitaker will be taking that distinction home with him.
Forest Whitaker is set to receive the honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival’s 75th opening ceremony this month. Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker follows Jodie Foster in receiving the award, which is given out as a tribute to those figures whose artistic careers are matched by humanitarian commitments. Jeanne Moreau, Bernardo Bertolucci and Manoel de Oliveira are among the previous recipients. Forest Whitaker previously won Best Actor at Cannes for his role in Bird. He is also known for starring in The Color of Money, Platoon and Good Morning, Vietnam among others and winning a Best Actor Oscar for The Last King of Scotland.
He will also be in Cannes to present For the Sake of Peace, a film about the young, warring country South Sudan that he has produced. Christophe Castagne and Thomas Sametin directed the film, which gets a special screening on Wednesday May 18.