Rolex has always maintained close ties with the world of cinema. Its watches have played their own role on the wrists of iconic characters in numerous films, including multiple Oscar-winning works
Rolex has always been known as a brand that encourages the preservation and transmission of the cinematic arts. Through the years, its support has been evident through well-known characters whose wrists were wrapped by intricately-designed timepieces.
Last November 19, the luxury brand showed its support for cinema once more as it sponsored the prestigious Governor Awards that recognise great names in the movie industry. As such, the awards capture the spirit of the partnership between Rolex and cinema by rewarding individuals with long careers, who have shown constant dedication to their artistic visions and have enduring bodies of work. They celebrate outstanding humanitarian efforts and recognize contributions to the art of filmmaking.
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In this article, Tatler lists the artists whose works the awarding body has acknowledged:
Michael J Fox: The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
The actor received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which recognises a personality who has set an example through his or her work in support of humanitarian causes. The unparalleled actor from Back to the Future, The Frighteners and the television series Spin City was celebrated for his commitment to the fight against Parkinson’s disease. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is the world’s largest research centre for Parkinson’s, a disease with which the actor himself was diagnosed.
Euzhan Palcy: Honorary Award
The first black female filmmaker to helm a film for a major Hollywood studio, the Martinican director, writer and producer first achieved success in 1983 with her debut feature film, Sugar Cane Alley. In 1989, she gained worldwide acclaim as the director of A Dry White Season. For this film, Palcy directed Marlon Brando in a role that earned him his last Oscar nomination.
Diane Warren: Honorary Award
She is one of the most prolific composers in American film. The original songs she has written for more than one hundred films have earned her thirteen Oscar nominations. Diane Warren has worked with artists as diverse as Beyoncé, Cher, Céline Dion, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith.
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Peter Weir: An honorary award (in celebration of his lifelong career)
An emblematic figure of the Australian New Wave in the 1970s, Peter Weir has become a Hollywood legend with his world-renown filmography, which has earned him six Oscar nominations. Witness, The Year of Living Dangerously, Green Card, Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show and Master and Commander have won numerous awards around the world.