Festival came. Festival went. This may have no inevitable bearing on the Oscar race this year, nor should it truly, but Cannes was a rather interesting time in our lives this year. The awards, on the other hand, I can't quite say so. Not that a whole lot of bad films took the wins. On the contrary, I've heard some rather good things regarding "Beyond the Hills", which took both Actress wins and Screenplay win for Mungiu. There's not a bad thing to be said about "Beasts of the Southern Wild", from all I've heard. Nor can truly be said about the Palme d'Or winner, Michael Haneke's "Amour". Who could complain for a film that got near universal praise.
The problem, as per usual, was that this was predictable and business as usual for the Cannes affair. Early rumors that Nanni Moretti hated "Holy Motors" seem to have come to fruition, which is a shame. I've heard quite a many crazy good things about that competition pic. Most ambiguous wins of the festival belong to the Jury winners, belonging to "Reality" by Matteo Garrone and "The Angel's Share" by Ken Loach. My knowledge of either? Slim, so slim in fact that I consider their wins alone to reason enough to be skeptical of them. It's a wait-and-see awards ceremony, to be certain. Far too unlike last year. The Palme to Malick? Director to Refn? Actress to Dunst? Actor to Dujardin? What a perfect fest! This year? What an imperfect one.
Palme d'Or: "Amour"
Grand Prix: "Reality"
Prix du Jury: "The Angel's Share"
Best Actor: Mads Mikkelsen ("The Hunt")
Best Actress: Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur ("Beyond the Hills")
Best Director: Carlos Reygadas ("Post Tenebras Lux")
Best Screenplay: Cristian Mungiu ("Beyond the Hills")
Camera d'Or: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Short Film: "Silence"