On September 2, 2017, Robert Pattinson attended the French premiere of Good Time at the 43rd Deauville American Film Festival; where he was also being recognized for his work in cinema, and being awarded a special achievement award. A visibly moved Pattinson was introduced by Oscar-nominated actress, and fellow Childhood of a Leader co-star, Berenice Bejo who praised him as an actor who is “capable of expressing inner violence”, a “precise worker ” and “leaving nothing to chance, take after take.”
A visibly moved Pattinson would later take the stage to thank and recognize almost every director he worked with throughout his career; with a special mention to David Cronenberg. He concludes his speech by reiterating his love for the arts: “I love movies, and the cinema a little bit more each year. It’s a gift to be able to work in this industry. Special thanks to you guys, for coming to support films that are just slightly more inaccessible than most. The fact that these festivals exist, and that you are excited about the movies playing is so important, and it really means the world to the people who make them. Thank you.”
As previously announced, Woody Harrelson, Jeff Goldblum, Darren Aronofsky, Laura Dern, and Michelle Rodriguez were also being honored at the Deauville Festival this year. As part of the tribute, previous movies such as Cosmopolis, Life, and the Lost City of Z were also screened at the event. Past recipients of the award include notable celebrities like Salma Hayek, James Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Bay, and Jessica Chastain. Along with the official ceremony, Robert also met with the mayor of Deauville, Philippe Augier and attended the photocall and press conference.
Robert Pattinson gained industry notice in 2005, at nineteen years of age, when he joined the Harry Potter franchise in Mike Newell‘s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, playing Cedric Diggory, Hogwarts’ official representative in the Triwizard Tournament.
He also appeared in Oliver Irving’s How to Be (2008), winner of the Slamdance Film Festival’s Special Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature, and played the lead role of Salvador Dali in Little Ashes, directed by Paul Morrison (2008).
The same year, his portrayal of the vampire Edward Cullen in the first opus of the Twilight Saga, Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight, brought him an immediate worldwide recognition.
In 2012, Pattinson starred on screen in three feature films: David Cronenberg’s film adaptation of Don DeLilo’s Cosmopolis, Francis Lawrence’s Water for Elephants, co-starring Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz, and Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s Bel Ami, a film based on the novel of the same name written by Guy de Maupassant in which he played a young journalist in Paris who betters himself through his connections to the city’s most glamorous and influential women, played by Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci.
Two years later, both of his films premiered at the Festival de Cannes: David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars opposite Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore and John Cusack, and David Michôd’s The Rover, opposite Guy Pearce. He then worked on Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, a chronicle of Gertrude Bell’s life, opposite Nicole Kidman.
In 2015, he starred in Anton Corbijn’s Life in which he portrays Dennis Stock, the photographer who provided the world with some of the most iconic images of the age: those of James Dean. The following year, James Gray directed him together with Charlie Hunnam and Sienna Miller in the adventure drama film The Lost City of Z.
As a member of the Barnes Theatre Group, Pattinson played the lead role in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Other stage credits include Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, Tess of the d’Urbevilles and Macbeth at the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre of London.