Selena Gomez Just Shared the Exact Moment She Found Out She Won Best Actress at Cannes

Kristy Sparow

Selena Gomez just took home a major award at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival. But there’s a twist: Gomez actual shares the prestigious honor with her fellow castmates Karla Sofía Gascón, Zoe Saldaña, and Adriana Paz.

Emilia Perez, which also took home the festival’s jury prize, received a 10-minute standing ovation following its Cannes premiere on May 18. Directed by French filmmaker Jacques Audiard, the musical crime drama tells the story of a powerful cartel leader (played by Gascón) who seeks to transition and start a new life as a woman named Emilia Perez.

Gascón, who just made history as the first trans actor to win a major award at Cannes, accepted the award on behalf of the group. “This award is not just for me. It’s for all people who are fighting for themselves and their rights,” Gascón told reporters, per the Associated Press. “We’ve been insulted, denigrated, subjected to a lot of violence without even knowing why. I think this is award is so much more than anyone could imagine.”

Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldaña, Karla Sofía Gascón, and Adriana Paz at Cannes

"Emilia Perez" Photocall - The 77th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldaña, Karla Sofía Gascón, and Adriana Paz at Cannes
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While Selena Gomez attended the festival earlier this month, the 31-year-old actor was actually in New York City when the festival held its awards ceremony on May 25. In fact, she was enjoying a picnic in the park when Saldaña called her with the big news. “I’m so excited,” Gomez told her castmate in the video posted on her Instagram Stories. In another post she wrote, “Thank you SO much @festivaldecannes and the whole board.”

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When asked about the jury’s decision to honor all four of the film’s leading ladies, Cannes jury president and Barbie director Greta Gerwig said singling out one winner would have “undermined the magic that they created together.” She continued, “Each of them is a standout but together they’re transcendent."

Originally Appeared on Glamour