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Sheila Atim and Jack Lowden were presented the prestigious award by Hollywood legend Julia Roberts

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.

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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. 

Since then, she has worked with Barry Jenkins in BAFTA-winning limited series The Underground Railroad. Atim has also appeared in Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Netflix's true crime series, The Irregulars, based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Atim has a number of projects coming up. She will soon be starring in Robert Zemeckis live-action version of Pinocchio, A24's film adaptation of Raven Jackson's poetic chronicle of a black woman’s life in rural Tennessee, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt, as well as the highly anticipated historical epic, The Woman King alongside Viola Davis, Lashana Lynch, and fellow Trophée Chopard laureate John Boyega. 

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Jack Lowden

Over the last decade, this 31-year-old Scottish actor and Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate has made his mark in the industry for his versatility in front of the camera. Most notably, he has been entrusted with the on-screen depiction of real-life historical figures, including Scottish rugby player Eric Liddell, The Smiths' late lead singer Morrissey, professional golfer Tom Morris Jr and most recently, Lord Darnley in Josie Rourke's Mary Queen of Scots. This year, Lowden will be depicting decorated World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon in Terence Davies’ lauded biopic Benediction. He has also appeared in critically acclaimed films and TV series, including Dunkirk, Small Axe, War and Peace, and more. 

Lowden has also ventured into filmmaking under his production company Arcade Pictures. He produced the paranoia thriller Kindred in 2020 and starred in the film alongside Tamara Lawrence and Fiona Shaw. He will soon be producing The Outrun, a film adaptation of Amy Liptrot’s best-selling memoir about her return to the Orkney Islands as she recovered from a crippling alcohol addiction. It will be directed by  Nora Fingscheidt and star his girlfriend and four-time Academy Award nominee, Saoirse Ronan. 

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