Since its inception in 2001, the Trophée Chopard has celebrated generations of international cinema by recognising two promising actors and the beginnings of their film careers. This year, the prestigious award, went to up-and-coming actors Sheila Atim and Jack Lowden.
The awards were presented at an official Trophée Chopard dinner which took place during the ongoing 75th Cannes Film Festival on May 19. On hand to present the awards was Julia Roberts, who was appointed godmother of the Trophée Chopard for her significant contributions to the film industry as well as her longtime collaboration with the established brand.
Both Lowden and Atim are accomplished budding actors with Lowden taking on challenging roles such as the on-screen depiction of real-life historical figures such as 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.
Atim, on the other hand, started her career in theatre at the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe in 2013. Since then, she has grown by leaps and bounds and she broke into television and film with productions such as the Bafta-winning limited series The Underground Railroad, Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Netflix’s true-crime series, The Irregulars.
She is also gearing up to star in Robert Zemeckis’ live-action version of Pinocchio as well as the historical epic, The Woman King alongside Viola Davis and Lashana Lynch.
Recently, Tatler Singapore gained the opportunity to speak to Atim fresh off her win at Cannes. We found out more about how she felt after the victory and what the award meant for the future of her acting career. Here’s what she told us.
Congratulations on winning the prestigious Trophée Chopard. How are you feeling about the win?
Sheila Atim (SA): I’m feeling so happy of course. It’s been such a wonderful honour and it’s been so great meeting Jack and everyone. Plus it’s such a great way to celebrate new artists in the film industry. I’m very honoured.
The Trophée Chopard is unique because it honours international actors and the work they do. Why do you think it is important for international cinema to see more of these prestigious awards?
SA: Well I think it’s important because creating art and film is for everyone around the world. Everyone is included and awards like these recognise that which in turn allows us to learn about each other and meet people in our industry from around the world. It encourages young actors internationally and that is very important.