Since 2001, the Trophée Chopard celebrates a new generation of international cinema by recognising the accomplishments of a promising actress and actor. This year, Sheila Atim and Jack Lowden were chosen as the winners of the prestigious prize. On May 19, the duo received the Trophée Chopard during a dinner ceremony at La Croisette, hosted by Cannes Film Festival president and general delegate, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux, as well as Chopard co-president and artistic director Caroline Scheufele.
The prize was presented by Julia Roberts, who was appointed as the godmother of the Trophée Chopard for her outstanding contribution to the industry as well as her longtime friendship with the brand. She wore the star of Chopard's Red Carpet high jewellery collection, a black titanium, diamond-studded rose brooch inspired by Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, regarded as one of the best films ever made.
"Cinema is the love of my life second to my husband," Roberts declared in her moving speech. As part of that love, she also pledged to take her role as godmother seriously in providing support and advice to the two rising actors.
Atim's career started in theatre at the iconic Shakespeare's Globe in 2013. Her career on the stage, which has expanded from actress to writer and music composer, has earned her two Olivier Awards and an MBE for her services to drama. It is one of her biggest assets as she breaks into cinema, gaining recognition for her breakthrough performance as a tough but dedicated mixed martial arts trainer in Bruised, alongside Academy Award winner Halle Berry in the latter's directorial debut.