Cannes Film Fest 2023: Inside Chopard’s Starry Dinner with Natalie Portman, Honorees Naomi Ackie and Daryl McCormack

The glamorous dinner hosted festival officials Thierry Fremaux and Iris Knobloch and jury members Brie Larson, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly, and Ruben Östlund.

“It’s a family dinner,” said Cannes Fest director Thierry Fremaux while standing on a well-list stage inside a starry Chopard dinner at Carlton Beach on Friday.

It was like a glamorous, diamond-drenched family reunion with a menu by two Michelin-starred chef Bruno Oger and performance by Juliette Armanet.

The luxury jeweler hosted the gathering to award a Trophee Chopard to both Daryl McCormack and Naomi Ackie as validation for their breakout status on the big-screen.

“It’s very easy once you are Natalie, Julia or George, what you call the A-listers,” explained Scheufele, referring to Portman, Roberts and Clooney. “But it’s a very hard road to get there. So my idea [in presenting the Trophee Chopard] was…to help the young talents because I saw the struggle. You need scripts, you need directors, you need to be in the right place in the right moment. And it’s a little bit of a kickstart for these two young laureates tonight.”

Speaking of Portman, Chopard drafted the talents of the veteran star to serve as the night’s Godmother and present the trophies. Portman is also a member of the Cannes family as a former jury member and someone with several titles in the selections with her directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness and this year’s May December from Todd Haynes.

“I’ve been very lucky to get to grow up supported by this festival,” Portman said upon taking the stage, calling it one of the most important and mythical festivals in the world. “I am so grateful that I get to continue this journey now by supporting the next generation of exciting young talent and what talent these two honorees possess.”

In accepting, McCormack called it a “great honor” to be feted following his turns in such projects as Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, Peaky Blinders, The Wheel of Time and Bad Sisters. “I used to be brought to the cinema with my mom when I was growing up, and cinema became part of my passion and has become part of my life. To be here, the little eight-year-old boy just wouldn’t believe it.”