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Dominic West celebrated his birthday in style, being honored with the inaugural CanneSeries Excellence Award at MIPCOM.
The Golden Globe nominee was presented the award by Cannes Mayor David Lisnard, conference organizer ReedMidem CEO Paul Zilk and CanneSeries director Benoit Louvet in the grand hall of the Palais.
West posed next to the palm of light — a fluorescent palm tree — but wouldn’t pick it up, while Lisnard joked that it was “sacred, the holy grail.”
The star of Showtime’s The Affair is on hand in Cannes to launch the BBC’s upcoming Les Miserables adaptation.
Lisnard also admitted to being a huge fan of West, and said it was remarkable that he had a range to go from working with material from David Simon (The Wire) to Victor Hugo’s classic for the adaptation.
“The mayor just told me that watching The Wire inspired him to become a politician, and I just hope that he models himself more after Jean Valjean, the mayor or Montreuil, than on [Tommy] Carcetti, the mayor of Baltimore,” said West, comparing the two characters’ morals.
Added West: “I have to say, it’s the best birthday present I could hope for.”
Next year’s CanneSeries festival will run April 5-10, shortening by a few days in an effort to integrate more closely with the MIPTV market and add more out-of-competition series to boost its star power.
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