Travolta Won Variety’s Cinema Icon Award
John Travolta is shown here attending the 2018 G’Day USA Black Tie Gala at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on January 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California – Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images North America.
Variety will honor John Travolta at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with its inaugural Cinema Icon Award.
Travolta’s latest film film Gotti will premiere at the festival in a special gala screening May 15. Following the screening, Travolta will receive his award at the Hotel du Cap.
Steven Gaydos, Variety vice president and executive editor, said Travolta’s illustrious career and previous honors “splendidly qualify” him to receive the award.
Travolta portrays John Gotti Sr. in the biography about the legendary crime boss’s rise to the head of the Gambino family. The movie includes Gotti’s multiple trials and prison sentence.
The film’s score was composed by Pitbull, who will also perform at the Cannes event.
Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Chris Mulkey also star in Gotti. Kevin Connolly directed the movie, and Randall Emmett, Michael Froch, and George Furla serve as producers. The film will be released in theaters on June 15.
Travolta landed his first role in 1972 in the action series Emergency! He has since received two Academy Award nominations for lead actor, his first in 1978 for Saturday Night Fever and his second in 1995 for Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Travolta also starred in musicals Grease and Hairspray, and he recently played lawyer Robert Shapiro in the first season of American Crime Story alongside Cuba Gooding J. and Sarah Paulson.
Travolta will also hold a masterclass May 16 in the Bunuel Theater at the Palais, following which a restored version of his classic Grease will unspool on the beach.
The star previously attended Cannes with Palme d’Or winner Pulp Fiction in 1994 and fest opener Primary Colors in 1998.