AMPAS President John Bailey Gets Top French Honor

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Pete Hammond on May 20, 2019.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President and veteran cinematographer John Bailey received a very special honor at the Cannes Film Festival Sunday when he was presented with the insignia of Officier des Arts et Lettres (Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters) at a packed ceremony at Cafe Des Palmes in the Palais.  With both Cannes General Delegate Thierry Fremaux and President Pierre Lescure presiding,  the actual presentation to an obviously honored Bailey was made by UniFrance President Serge Toubiana  who filled in nicely for director Costa Gavras who had planned to be there but was stuck on location.

Delivering remarks in French, Toubiana remembered the late legendary french filmmaker Agnes Varda , who adorns the official festival poster this year and who received an Honorary Oscar in 2017 , something Bailey noted he had a small part in making happen.  Her daughter Rosalie was there and instrumental in arranging the ceremony. Then he ran through a history of Bailey’s many achievements including shooting movies like the Oscar winning Ordinary People and As Good As It Gets, as well as always being a champion of international cinema and particularly French cinema. “Throughout your outstanding career, you have marked American and European cinema with your curiosity, your eclecticism and your talent, ” noted Toubiana before putting the insignia on his lapel. In addition the organizers had remembered hearing Bailey talk fondly of a favorite french film of his, la peau douce, and presented him with a beautiful French Grande poster of that film. …

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