Cruise is the third American actor to be awarded this distinction recently.

The organizers of the Cannes Film Festival presented a new surprise to the popular actor Tom Cruise, handing him an honorary Palme d’Or. This was announced by the organizers on their Twitter.

“Tom Cruise was awarded an honorary Palme d’Or right before the start of the screening of the film “Top Gun: Maverick,” the message says.

This rare award is awarded in exceptional cases and usually crowns the entire career of the laureate. Cruise is already the third American actor to be awarded this distinction recently – Forest Whitaker and Jodie Foster previously won such an award.

The 59-year-old Cruise returned to Cannes for the first time after a 30-year absence to be at the premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick.” The organizers have prepared a series of surprises for him. He was commissioned to conduct a master class that gathered 1 thousand movie fans. In addition, the star of American cinema, who played pilot Peter “Maverick” Mitchell in the film “Top Gun” and its sequel “Top Gun: Maverick,” was welcomed by the Patrol de France aerobatic team.