Tom Cruise received several standing ovations at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, where he received the honorary Palme d’Or.
The ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star was moved to tears by the accolade – the most prestigious award at the iconic annual film festival.
“Thank you for your time. I’m making these movies for all of you,” the Hollywood star told the audience.
Cannes officials pulled out all the stops to celebrate the 59-year-old actor, paying tribute to Cruise with a red carpet premiere featuring a flyover of jets trailing smoke in the colors of the French flag.
Festival president Pierre Lescure presented Cruise with the award — given to only 15 people in the past — moments before the screening began.
Cruise also credited his Paramount collaborators for his final on-screen adventure in the “Top Gun” sequel.
“They all worked so hard to bring this to the big screen, and it’s a dream to be here. I’ll never forget that night,” he said.
The Palme d’Or is the highest award given to the annual festival after its introduction in 1955.
The award replaced the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film as the highest prize, awarded to winners from 1939 to 1954.
The Palme d’Or was again replaced by the Grand Prix, before being reintroduced in 1975 and kept in place ever since.
Earlier today, Cruise had a message for people wondering why he was risking his life to do his own stunts in the new action-packed movie.
“Nobody asked Gene Kelly, ‘Why are you dancing?'” he said during a masterclass at the festival on Tuesday.
With post wires
New York Post