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Donna Langley Accepts Kering Women in Motion Award at Cannes

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On Sunday evening, Might 19, underneath a starry Cannes evening, Kering held their Girls In Movement dinner bestowing NBCUniversal Studios Group chairman and chief content material officer Dame Donna Langley with the Girls In Movement Award, and Malaysian director Amanda Nell Eu was introduced the Younger Expertise Award. Langley is the primary British girl to run a serious Hollywood studio, and Kering awarded these ladies for his or her potential to increase alternatives and networks for girls and other people of shade within the movie trade.

Held at Place de la Castre in Cannes, the occasion drew celebrities who attended within the title of ladies making breakthroughs in movie. Notable names in attendance have been Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Michelle Yeoh, Lily Gladstone, Zoe Saldaña, Eva Inexperienced, Judith Godrèche and administrators Greta Gerwig and Justine Triet.

Chatting with The Hollywood Reporter earlier than the dinner, actress and producer Salma Hayek, spouse of Kering’s chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault, shared: “Donna Langley is an affirmation that it is possible, she’s also an example and an inspiration of somebody who is an incredibly smart and a savvy businesswoman that conducts herself with elegance — and she understands artists really well. Her sensitivity expands not just in the everyday business. She’s also done a lot for diversity and supporting other women.” 

Following a cocktail hour that was adopted by a gap speech from Pinault, Iris Knobloch, president of the Competition de Cannes spoke on how ladies like Gerwig broke the field workplace final summer time, and Thierry Frémaux, director of the Competition de Cannes, additionally spoke on ladies’s accomplishments in movie. 

Amanda Nell Eu (left) and Donna Langley pose with Girls in Movement 2024 Award throughout the Kering And Cannes Movie Competition Official Dinner on Might 19, 2024 in Cannes, France.

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President of the Jury Greta Gerwig attends the 2024 Kering Girls In Movement Awards and Cannes Movie Competition Presidential Dinner on the 77th annual Cannes Movie Competition on the Place de la Castre on Might 19, 2024 in Cannes, France.

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A tribute video of actors — from Yeoh and Tom Cruise to Depraved‘s Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande, all of whom have labored with Langley — was performed. Dr. Dying star Édgar Ramírez, instructed THR of the night, “Tonight, is a recognition of women’s contribution to expand, to prove, and to change our industry. This isn’t something new, though it is nice to recognize it now, but women have been pushing our industry forward since the very beginning of our industry … So, what is great is to celebrate them, for them to have fun, and for them to be celebrated and applauded.”

As she took the stage, Langley — who additionally spoke the day gone by concerning the challenges of the movie enterprise and talked concerning the upcoming Depraved movie adaptation — gave recognition to a good friend who was within the viewers who impressed her to maneuver to the U.S., in addition to to her husband. Evoking amusing from the viewers, Langley shared that she first got here to Cannes as a junior govt with the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. “I’m an executive. In many ways I’m the killer of art in my pursuit. It means a lot to me that you chose me to be a recipient of tonight. It did make me think about why am I here. The younger me would definitely not have thought that I would make it to this stage,” stated Langley.

Zoe Saldaña attends the 2024 Kering Girls In Movement Awards and Cannes Movie Competition Presidential Dinner on the 77th annual Cannes Movie Competition on the Place de la Castre on Might 19, 2024 in Cannes, France.

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In 2020 Queen Elizabeth II awarded Langley a Dame Commander of the Most Glorious Order of the British Empire (DBE). Earlier than NBCUniversal, Langley was a manufacturing govt at New Line Cinema.

Michelle Yeoh attends the 2024 Kering Girls In Movement Awards and Cannes Movie Competition Presidential Dinner on the 77th annual Cannes Movie Competition on the Place de la Castre on Might 19, 2024 in Cannes, France.

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Exterior of NBC Common, Langley sits on the board of Important Voices, a Washington, DC-based group co-founded by Hillary Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. And, she is without doubt one of the founders of The Hollywood Reporter’s Girls in Movie Mentorship program. She’s additionally on the board of the American Movie Institute, the Movement Image Affiliation, and the SAG-AFTRA Basis’s Leisure Trade Council.

Jury member Lily Gladstone attends the 2024 Kering Girls In Movement Awards and Cannes Movie Competition Presidential Dinner on the 77th annual Cannes Movie Competition on the Place de la Castre on Might 19, 2024 in Cannes, France.

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Recalling the Austin Powers movie that introduced her to Cannes 25 years in the past, Langley famous that she solely obtained it as a result of somebody stated sure to her happening that journey. “That time has made me think about why I am here tonight in my role as a film and studio executive. What does that really mean? One of the things that really struck me is that in roles like mine and like many of you in the room, we have the power to say yes. That is a great privilege to say yes to things. It’s much easier to say no, and the yesses don’t come very often but when they do come, they are so powerful,” stated Langley.

Previous recipients of the Girls In Movement Award are Jane Fonda, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, Isabelle Huppert, Patty Jenkins, Gong Li, Hayek, Viola Davis, and Yeoh.

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