Meryl Streep tearfully accepts the Palme d'Or at Cannes

Meryl Streep teared up at saying she has changed the way the world looks at women when she was presented with an honorary Palme d'Or at the opening ceremony in Cannes.

The Hollywood veteran and three-time Oscar winner, 74, received the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival on 14.05.24 from her 60-year-old colleague Juliette Binoche, who broke down in tears as she presented Meryl with the trophy and recounted how she had changed the perception of women on screen.

Juliette said at the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival: "You have earned an indelible place in the history of cinema. You are an international treasure. What I felt while watching your films is that you have to fulfill your dreams, our dreams and beyond. Meryl, you changed the way we look at women in the world of cinema, and you also helped us look at ourselves differently."

Meryl made her Cannes debut 35 years ago with 1988's Evil Angels - for which she won the festival's Best Actress award - before going on to classic roles in 1979's Kramer vs Kramer and Sophie's Choice.

In her acceptance speech at Cannes, the actress said she had watched Juliette's 2023 film The Taste of Things and joked, "I had to go to bed, I cried so much."

Meryl then burst into tears, joked that Americans often mispronounce Kahn, and thanked her longtime agent, Kevin Hewwein, and her hair and makeup stylist, Roy Helen, who she said is "responsible for the success of almost every one of the characters I've played over the last half century." /BGNES