Rocks and Roles

Chopard Brings Out the Bling for Its Tenth Annual Trophée Ceremony


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Since its inception ten years ago, the Chopard Trophée has been doled out to a young, up-and-coming actor and actress with the promise to go "from Cannes to Hollywood." Most of the time, the Swiss jewelry company's president, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, and her small jury are right: Audrey Tautou took home the first-ever prize in 2001, followed by Diane Kruger in 2003, and Marion Cotillard in 2004. "It always means a lot to a young actor to have recognition at the beginning of their career. It was one of the first prizes I won," Cotillard recalled in a pre-taped video shown during the presentation on Saturday night (the heavily pregnant La Vie en Rose star skipped the festival this year).

To present the trophy—a gilded vertical film reel—Gruosi-Scheufele selected "a real Godfather," this year's Cannes jury head Robert De Niro. And as he handed statuettes to newcomers Niels Schneider and Astrid Berges-Frisbey, the latter of whom stars alongside Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz in the latest addition of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, things got emotional. Between gasps and stammers, Berges-Frisbey was only able to utter a single sentence in English—"I am losing my words."

Ellen von Unwerth can relate. "I met Robert De Niro yesterday and I was kind of impressed by him, too! He's such a god," the photographer told at the Hotel Martinez rooftop after-party, where the likes of Jude Law and Uma Thurman enjoyed the view. As for the iconic figure who could render him similarly speechless, Pucci designer Peter Dundas said, "Mr. Saint Laurent." Dundas is in Cannes all week with "fittings back to back" and, of course, to take in the coming attractions. "I'm seeing the Elizabeth Olsen movie tomorrow night, and I absolutely want to see Tree of Life and the von Trier movie. Those are the three."

Chopard had a godmother on hand as well in the form of jury member Marisa Berenson. "It's important to be encouraged—to have that boost right at the beginning of your career," said the model and actress, who wore Dior couture. Director Luchino Visconti gave Berenson a lift when he cast her in 1971's Death in Venice, her breakout role. "He believed in me. He didn't know whether I could act or not act. He didn't even do a screen test!"

It's that kind of faith that could land newly named Chopard ambassador Alexa Chung on the big screen, too. Wowing in a one-shouldered Valentino dress and a honking, triple-stacked Chopard diamond ring, the style icon said that she's not altogether opposed to giving it a go in film. "I mean… not no, but I'm not a great actress. Only an idiot would hire me."

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