Cannes: 'Winter Sleep' Takes The Palme D'Or; Festival Award Winners Announced

Cannes 2014 Award WinnersUPDATE 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 Gilles Jacob, Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan 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.

Jane Campion, Gilles JacobPREVIOUS: 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.

Palme d’Or
Winter Sleep, dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Grand Prize
Le Meraviglie (The Wonders), dir: Alice Rohrwacher

Best Director
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Jury PrizeTie
Mommy, dir: Xavier Dolan
Goodbye To Language, dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Best Screenplay
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oleg Negin, Leviathan

Best Actress
Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars

Best Actor
Timothy Spall, Mr Turner

Camera d’Or
Party Girl, dirs: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis

Short Film
Leidi, dir: Simón Mesa Soto
Special Mention: Aïssa, dir: Clément Trehin-Lalanne
Ja Vi Elsker, dir: Hallvar Witzo

  1. Nuri Bilge Ceylan is such a boring filmmaker. The Cannes jury has outdone themselves in their pretentiousness this year. Show me a moviegoer – not critic, moviegoer – that genuinely likes his stuff, and I’ll show you a liar.

    1. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia has a 7.8 rating from 19k users. You don’t really think they’re all critics, do you?

    2. hey Jimmy, it might be boring for your Hollywood mainstream fast cut sensibilities but there are different types of making cinema (“movies”, for you). Go an enjoy that tonally Constantino of a work of say American Hustle that got nominations for God knows what.

  2. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia was a masterpiece. I haven’t seen Winter Sleep yet, but i am really happy “Turkish Bergman” finally won the Palme d’Or.

    1. Gee, Bergman and Sartre (not a filmmaker, anyway) actually compelled people to THINK, which is why some found their work “boring.” Am weary of the usual Hollywood dross and crap–e.g., Hunger Games, X-Men, anything Batman and junk food like “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Once in awhile, there’s a small gem like “The Way Way Back,” or “Nebraska,” but the sheer mindlessness and gratuitous noise of most American films is stunning.

  3. I loved Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. I actually thought the ending was too abrupt. I could’ve sat there with those characters for hours more. There are wonderful storytellers out there, and I love how Cannes showcases them, unlike the Academy who long ago lost it’s way.

  4. Lots of films nobody will see made for the directors ego and squandering the director’s friend’s money.

  5. Wow. You have an objection to the language of the movie? Go watch some dumbed down Hollywood nonsense. It is good for you to just stay within the narrow periphery.

    1. 3+ hours of Turkish nonsense is so much better than 3+ hours of American nonsense.
      Righty-o.

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