Monday, May 20, 2024

Exclusive: Meryl Streep to Receive Prestigious Opening Night Honorary Palme D’or Award at Cannes


Cannes do!

I’m told that the Festival de Cannes will bestow the Honorary Palme D’or on the great Meryl Streep next month.

The three time Academy Award winner will receive the award on opening night, which is broadcast live in France from the Palais du Festivals. My sources say the deal is all but done. Hey– if I’m right — and I think I am — I hope credit will be given to this site.

Last year the honor went to Michael Douglas. It’s the most prestigious award at Cannes. Other past winners include Jane Fonda, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, and Tom Cruise. This year, George Lucas will receive his at the closing awards ceremony.

Meryl is considered the greatest actress of her generation, which is not to say Glenn Close, Sally Field, and others aren’t terrific. But La Streep has that extra added something that’s made her career sparkle.

She recently picked up an Emmy and a Critics Choice Award for “Only Murders in the Building.” Her most recent Oscar was for “Iron Lady.” Before that she won for “Sophie’s Choice” and “Kramer vs. Kramer.” She also has dozens of nominations, more than the naked eye can see without eclipse glasses!

Meryl won Best Actress at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for “A Cry in the Dark.” That was the role in which she got to say (according to Elaine Benes), “A dingo ate my baby!”

What a grand idea thanks to Thierry Fremaux. Opening night is going to be insane to catch a glimpse of Meryl on the red carpet. Bon chance!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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