Kering will reward the African-American actress Viola Davis

Eva Morletto

By Eva Morletto10 mai 2022

Viola Davis, the first black actress to win an Emmy Award, two Tonys and an Oscar for her performance as Rose Maxson in the masterful Hollywood film Fences, directed by Denzel Washington, will receive the Women in Motion 2022 award at the upcoming Cannes Festival.

Viola Davis, African-American actress and activist against social injustice and discrimination (Kering)

François-Henri Pinault, Chairman of the Kering Group, as well as Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux, respectively President and General Delegate of the famous film festival, will be present to hand over the award to the actress. The presentation will take place during the official Women in Motion dinner on Sunday 22 May. This Prize, created by Kering in 2015, rewards women who work in the world of the 7th art and who are committed to fighting against gender inequalities. To give even more visibility to artists, the luxury group wanted to extend the Women in Motion Award to other artistic fields: photography, visual arts and literature.

Previous editions of the Prize had already highlighted the commitment of other icons of the silver screen, such as Isabelle Huppert, Susan Sarandon and Jane Fonda.

This year it is Viola Davis' turn. And the actress was certainly not chosen at random: a committed artist since the beginning of her career, her immense talent has earned her the Triple Crow of Acting, reserved for actors who have received the Emmy, the Tony - awarded to the best stage actors - and the Oscar in Hollywood.

Women's rights and inclusion are the main drivers of Viola Davis's commitment as a relentless campaigner against social injustice and discrimination. She is an ambassador for several organisations and actively supports Hunger Is and No Hungry Kids, which work against famine in the world. In 2015, she denounced "the taboo that plagues American society", speaking of the racism still present in all social circles.

Her autobiography Finding me is already a bestseller in the United States.

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