4 Jun – Jodie Foster has been selected to be this year's honorary Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, which will run from 6 to 17 July 2021.
The news was announced by festival President Pierre Lescure, stating, "Jodie Foster has provided us with an amazing gift by coming to celebrate the return of the Festival on the Croisette. Her aura is unparalleled: she embodies modernity, the radiant intelligence of independence and the need for freedom."
The prize, which recognises artistic career achievement and commitment to major issues, has previously been awarded to the likes of Jeanne Moreau, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Fonda, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Manoel de Oliveira, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Agnès Varda and Alain Delon.
It is noted that Foster has had seven of her films screened at the festival since her acting debut, including "Taxi Driver", which she starred at just 13.