UPDATE 11:24 AM PT: Before my colleague Pete Hammond weighs in with his analysis of tonight’s winners and comments from the jury, here’s a little bit about what went down at the prize ceremony. There were several emotional moments with Master of Ceremonies Lambert Wilson kicking things off by saying, “The best things have an end. Not films.” He introduced outgoing Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob, who is leaving the organization after joining in 1977. In a fitting turn in his last official capacity, he awarded the Camera d’Or for best first feature and received a standing ovation on his way onto the stage, and as he exited. There were not a lot of dry eyes for the rest of the running, as Best Actor Timothy Spall fought back his own tears, and Xavier Dolan, the enfant terrible of Canadian cinema, accepted his shared Jury Prize for Mommy. This was his first film in the main competition after first coming to Cannes in 2009 with I Killed My Mother in Directors’ Fortnight at the ripe young age of 20. He particularly thanked jury president Jane Campion, telling her that The Piano helped to define his career. There were some surprises, and some films that we expected would win statues. Pete will tell you more in just a bit.
PREVIOUS: The Cannes Film Festival is drawing to a close tonight with the official awards ceremony taking place in the Palais. Jane Campion‘s jury will reveal its picks for the Palme d’Or and other prizes from a selection that was roundly praised by critics. Among the buzziest titles going into the kudos are Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep (which took the FIPRESCI prize on Friday), Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night, and wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s Mommy. Were the Dardennes to scoop the Palme it would make three for the frères. But there are still other movies in the mix — and this is Cannes, where you really never can tell. Deadline’s awards columnist Pete Hammond will be chiming in after the proceedings with analysis and comments from the jury and winners. I’ll update the winners below as they are announced.
Winter Sleep, dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Le Meraviglie (The Wonders), dir: Alice Rohrwacher
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Jury Prize – Tie
Mommy, dir: Xavier Dolan
Goodbye To Language, dir: Jean-Luc Godard
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oleg Negin, Leviathan
Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars
Timothy Spall, Mr Turner
Party Girl, dirs: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis
Leidi, dir: Simón Mesa Soto
Special Mention: Aïssa, dir: Clément Trehin-Lalanne
Ja Vi Elsker, dir: Hallvar Witzo