Viola Davis to receive ‘Women in Motion’ Award at Cannes Festival

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Viola Davis who played the lead role of Annalise Keating in the television show, ‘How to Get away with Murder’ and who won an Academy award for Supporting Actress for performance in the movie ‘Fences’ will be honoured with the Kering Women in Motion Award at the upcoming 75th Cannes Film Festival this year.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Viola Davis will be in Cannes on May 22 to pick up her Kering Women in Motion award.

While announcing the recipient of this year’s award, both Cannes and Kering praised the actor’s achievements as well as her activism. They also noted that she has been a “passionate advocate” of women’s rights and minorities and she also has “regularly called for greater inclusion in the film industry and campaigned for gender equality.”

With this, the award presenters pointed out, that Davis becomes the only African American actress to have received so many nominations and awards for her role in movies, theatre as well television.

The award organisers released a statement that read, “Her talent, hard work, choice of roles and the way she interprets them have earned her the very highest recognitions in the film industry.” The statement further noted that Davis happened to be “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,” in “Fences” and its remarkable film adaptation, and in the TV series “How to Get Away with Murder.”

The Kering Women in Motion event is a partnership between Kering and Cannes and will be a black-tie affair. This event was launched in 2015 and since then it has been singling out top female stars. Previous recipients of this award include, Geena Davis, Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Patty Jenkins, Isabella Huppert, Salma Hayek and Gong Li.

The award will be presented by Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure along with Kering CEO and Chairman Francoise-Henri Pinault and fest executive director Theirry Fremaux during the official Women in Motion dinner which is being held at Cannes on May 22, 2022.

Work wise, Viola Davis is currently starring as Michelle Obama in the series, ‘The First Lady’. She also recently published her memoir called ‘Finding Me’, which she penned during the lockdown. The book is a walkdown memory lane about her childhood experiences and what it was like to grow up in the underprivileged neighbourhood of Saint Matthews, S.C.

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