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May 26 2013

Cannes Winners

Steven Spielberg and his jury have made their preferences known!

Three Palms!Léa + Abdellatif + Adele

Blue is the Warmest Color(also known asLa Vie A'Dele - Chapitre 1 & 2) by Abdellatif Kechiche
In an unusual move the actresses Léa Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos are apparently sharing the Palme D'Or with the director so they all three have matching scrolls.

UPDATE: Some people will call this a historic win because it's a gay-themed film but arguably other Palme D'Or winners have had at least some degree of gay subtext or gay elements (like Elephant or Farewell My Concubine).

Inside Llewyn Davisby the Coen Bros

Like Father Like Sonby Hirokazu Kore-eda

Heliby Amat Escalante

A Touch of Sin(Tian Zhu Ding) by Jia Zhangke

Ilo Iloby Anthony Chen

Berenice BejoforThe Past

Bruce DernforNebraska

Though Cannes wins are so prestigious as to render "how will it affect the Oscar?"type questions instantly crass, everyone loves to still ask them.And this is obviously very good news for Bruce Dern's future campaign forNebraska.

In other 'down the line' news,I wonder if this will helpBlue is the Warmest Coloractually make it into theaters.It was picked up by Sundance Selects but we all know that small distributors sometimes hold their movies for so long as to render any heat they once had ice cold.Let's hope,especially,that they don't get Oscar dreams because a) that's not going to happen -- France always has a lot to choose from for Oscar submissions and they're far more likely to go withThe Pastif they're picking a Cannes title --  and b) distributors who have those delusional Oscar dreams tend to hold their movies until after nominations at which point they put them on the backburner when they aren't nominated.

Au revoir until next year!

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Reader Comments (18)

Although Chen Kaige tried to downplay it,I still think "Farewell My Concubine"should qualify as a gay-themed film.

May 26,2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoy

I'ld like to know how the voting went for best actor.If it was close or if Dern was the choice all along.

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

joy -- good point.i updated the text.

May 26,2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I highly doubt France will select 'The Past' for Oscar.They are so patriotic about their national cinema.They'll choose a local filmmaker.

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

Squasher,that may be the case but they've been burnt before - see PERSEPOLIS over LA VIE EN ROSE.

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

I like Alexander Payne and I'll probably like Nebraska a lot,but I was sort of rooting for Michael Douglas.If you've followed the whole Liberace biopic saga,you know that it has gone through a lot of iterations (first Robin Williams was cast in the lead,which would have been awful,and then Alec Baldwin was supposed to play him,which still wasn't quite right).It was a relief to see Douglas and Soderbergh take it on and make it the serious film it deserved to be.It would have been nice to see Douglas get some recognition,beyond a presumed Globe/Emmy,for this work.

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

So,at the end...bye Cotillard

But also,I'm glad for Bejo.Maybe she could be a surprise this season?

May 26,2013 | Unregistered Commenterleon

Very happy for Kechiche - hope this means we get to see the movie on screens sooner rather than later.It was cool that Malick and Haneke won the previous two years (and its impact on Oscar was a bonus) but those were going to open no matter what.I'm always grateful when the Palme goes to a movie that might not otherwise have made it to my city.
Also very impressed by Spielberg's decision to award the actresses with the director.You know that if Nanni Moretti's jury had thought of that last year,Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant would have Palme d'Ors.

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada


He may win a BAFTA for 'Candelabra'.The movie will be released theatrically here in Europe.

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterJorge Rodrigues

Kim Novak presenting an award?Wow.I wish the Oscars would get classy again instead of trotting out Kristen Stewart and her ilk.亚博主页

May 26,2013 | Unregistered Commenterzig

I thought Novak was very beautiful.I've instantly recast a lot of roles mentally with her in mind.

May 26,2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

It's nice when the winners almost match what the critics described as the best of the crop.I'm particularly happy for Bruce Dern.

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

It is a shame that some critics seemed to not be as enthused about The Past because it was somehow chartering too much old territory with A Separation's domestic family drama.That criticism seems too simple.Cannot wait to see it and Bejo.

The Immigrant shot up my rankings with the great reviews by Keith Uhlich and Guy Lodge.The movie sounds in my wheelhouse.Kazan meets Sven Nyqvist shooting a period piece?In!

Inside Llewyn Davis and The Bling Ring were always on my anticipated list and were critic-proof for me.That said,I worry about Nebraska if just because I liked but not loved Sideways and found little worth in The Descandants.But I will see it because I love Bruce Dern.

I really hope the US distributor does not cut/edit Blue is the Warmest Color.Spielberg's seal of approval of it as a whole and dismissal of it being too controversial for American audiences (while admitting it may not play in every city) should tell distributors enough.

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

The Past is probably most likely and maybe even Berenice for Best Actress since she has the drive to see an Oscar campaign through and very good English skills to match.

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterBia

zig -- Amen

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

At least I guessed both the Palme D'Or and the Best Actress prize right!!Do I get a cookie?

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

Very happy for fellow Argentine Berenice Bejo!

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

Yeah,I agree,Cannes is so special that to immediately jump to how it will line up with Oscar is doing film fans a disservice.

I personally cannot wait to see Blue.I am always amazed at how sometimes a film wins that you are positive the Jury President would have normally sought out (Isabelle Huppert/The White Ribbon) and some that don't (who would have thought Spielberg would go for a lesbian drama?).

May 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

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