THE Cannes Film Festival is set to honour the Isle of Wight's Hollywood trailblazer, Dame Donna Langley, with a special award next month. 

Donna, a former Carisbrooke College student, rose to become NBCUniversal Studio Group's chair and chief content officer in a glittering career, which saw her celebrate her role in Oppenheimer's seven-Oscar success recently.

At the Cannes Film Festival, she will receive the Women in Motion Award from Kering at a gala ceremony on May 19.

The tribute will celebrate Dame Donna’s career, leadership and role in redefining popular culture, by creating opportunities for women in the entertainment industry.

“Receiving the Women in Motion Award is an immense honour, and to be recognised among such remarkable recipients is a testament to the work Kering, the Festival de Cannes and our industry peers do to propel women forward, amplify their voices, create opportunities and push boundaries,” said the Islander in a statement.

Dame Donna is the first British female to run a major Hollywood studio and was awarded a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2020.

She is also an ambassador for Vital Voices and has served on the organisation’s board of directors since 2013.

During her previous role as chair of Universal Pictures, the studio delivered blockbusters like Jurassic World and the Fast and Furious franchise.

The gala dinner is part of the pioneering Women in Motion programme, launched in 2015, to highlight the creativity and contribution made by women in the world of culture and the arts.

Previous winners of the accolade include Hollywood A-listers Jane Fonda, Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon and Salma Hayek.