What is the real impact of the Palme d’Or on the chances of a film being awarded?
In 73 years of Cannes, there have only been three Palme d’Or and Oscar winners for best film – “The Lost Weekend” (1945), “Marty” (1955) and “Parasite “(2019), the last two were unanimous among the jury.
With “Titanium”, Julia Ducournau became the second director to win the prestigious award and the first woman to win a solo victory, while “The Piano” by Jane Campion was tied with “Farewell My Concubine” by Chen Kaige in 1993.
It is not certain that the film, which will be distributed by Neon, will be able to garner much support from the Academy in this dense and cinematically populated next season.
Apart from “Parasite”, over the past 20 years, only three other Palme laureates have risen to the notoriety of the Academy – “The Pianist” (2002), “The Tree of Life” (2011) and “Amour” (2012). The truth is, for every “Blue is the Hottest Color” (2013) quote, there is a more accessible “Nebraska” among the lineup or yet happy to see “Dheepan” (2015) winning the top prize makes you more passionate, critics and voters about “Carole”.
With the festival taking place later than usual – and becoming a launching pad for awards in the middle of the summer – you can expect films like “Annette,” which won the Directing Award for Leos. Carax, generate a word of mouth conversation, either good or bad.
Although he is an eclectic soul in the rewards business, most people take the time to consider a new Wes Anderson movie, and good reviews for “The French Dispatch” could make it the next. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” or align with “The Darjeeling Limited.
Sean Baker’s “Red Rocket” seemed to generate a similar buzz to the early days of “The Wrestler,” when people eagerly awaited the return of eventual best actor named Mickey Rourke. Similar accolades could be awarded to Simon Rex, who appeared in a pornographic film in the 90s.
Winning the Grand Prix started off strong for Asghar Farhadi and his new movie “A Hero,” who might find it in the top directors discussion if Amazon Studios watches it enough.
With Telluride and Venice getting ready in September, we don’t know how long the Cannes fever will last. Next March, that might just be a faded memory, with Spike Lee announcing the big winner first.
Films screened at Cannes and categories of awards they could compete in during awards season (not necessarily in the lead):
- “Annette” (Amazon Studios) – picture, direction (Leos Carax), actor (Adam Driver), supporting actor (Simon Helberg), original screenplay, cinematography, sound, original song
- “Bergman Island” (IFC Films) – actress (Vicky Krieps)
- “Blue Bayou” (Focus Features) – image, direction (Justin Chon), actor (Chon), supporting actress (Alicia Vikander), original screenplay, cinematography
- “Compartment n ° 6” (Neon) – international function (if selected by country)
- “Cow” (not yet released in the United States) – feature documentary
- “The French Dispatch” (Searchlight Pictures) – image, direction (Wes Anderson), original screenplay, production design, cinematography, costume design, film editing, makeup and hairstyle, original score
- “A Hero” (Amazon Studios) – image, direction (Asghar Farhadi), original screenplay, international feature film (if selected by country)
- “Mothering Sunday” (Sony Pictures Classics) – image, direction (Eva Husson), actress (Odessa Young), actor (Josh O’Connor), supporting actress (Olivia Colman), adapted screenplay, cinematography, editing, original music
- “Nitram” (not yet released in US) – actor (Caleb Landry Jones)
- “Red Rocket” (A24) – image, direction (Sean Baker), actor (Simon Rex), original screenplay
- “Stillwater” (Focus Features) – actor (Matt Damon)
- “Titane” (Neon) – image, direction (Julia Ducournau), original screenplay
- “Val” (Amazon Studios) – feature documentary
- “The Velvet Underground” (Apple TV Plus) – feature documentary
- “The worst person in the world” (Neon) – original screenplay, international feature film (if selected by country)