The weekend of November 20, 2022 delivered prestigious Hollywood awards to the French cinema and audiovisual industry.
During the Governors Awards gala, an annual event celebrating awards conferred by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Board of Governors, Martinique director Euzhan Palcy, who won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1983 for her first feature Black Shack Alley/Sugar Cane Alley, received an honorary Oscar for her body of work and her career from actress Viola Davis, who described her as a pioneer. Visibly very moved by this honor, Euzhan Palcy declared: "Why I kept my silence, it was because I had lost my willingness to hear those words. Black is not bankable. Female is not bankable. Come on, guys, look at my sister [Viola Davis] standing by me. Black is bankable. Female is bankable."
She is the second French woman filmmaker to receive this award, five years after Agnès Varda.
Two days later, on November 21, during the 50th International Emmy Awards ceremony, which honors audiovisual works from around the world and for which France received eight nominations (a record), two Emmys were awarded to French works.