Shailene Woodley and Ezra Miller were onhand Thursday night to pick up the Chopard Trophy, which recognizes young actors. Variety partnered with Chopard to select the honorees for the 12th edition of the awards.
Sean Penn, who’s in Cannes to host the Haiti: Carnival fundraiser Friday, was dubbed the “Godfather” of the trophy and presented the kudos to Woodley (“The Descendants”) and Miller (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) at the event in the Martinez.
“I always like to see young and talented people who are coming up being acknowledged. And in particular I’m such a fan of Shailene Woodley and Ezra Miller, who are really the kind of honest talents that I think we’ve been waiting for for a while,” Penn said.
Thesps were chosen by a jury comprising “Bullhead” helmer Michael Roskam, actress Sharon Lawrence, producer Sarah Siegel-Magness, Chopard co-prexy Caroline Scheufele and Variety executove editor Steven Gaydos.
Woodley told Variety she made the trip to Cannes just for the event as she’s still shooting episodes of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” back home. “It’s so surreal to be here in Cannes and get this award.”
After receiving his nod, Ezra thanked the Cannes Film Festival for validating his craziest dreams since he was 14 when he came to the fest to promote Un Certain Regard-preeming “Afterschool,” the first film in which he starred.
Ezra told Variety that his first trip to Cannes was decisive: “It made me believe in the possibility of an artistic living, which is a rare and unbelievable gift.”
The ceremony was hosted by Cannes Film Fest prexy Gilles Jacob, journalist Elisabeth Quin, Scheufele and Gaydos.
At the afterparty in the Martinez, Lana Del Rey, who had canceled her French promotional tour earlier this year following a sour experience on a Gallic talkshow, nevertheless picked up some local fans after delivering an endearing live performance. She also sported a stunning Chopard necklace.
Harvey Weinstein, who was attending the Chopard event — along with Penn, Sean Combs, Marion Cotillard, whose “Rust and Bone” was opening that night, Berenice Bejo and Paz Vega — seemed in awe before Del Rey.
“Lana’s probably the greatest lyricist of her generation and a great performer,” Weinstein told Variety after the show.