Fest Fave 'Blue is the Warmest Color' Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes 2013
Blue! Winners of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a ceremony today in Cannes. The big winner is Blue is the Warmest Color, the 3-hour lesbian drama that won over just about everyone late in the fest. Over the past few years I've often complained about the Palme winner usually being a film I did not like, or just didn't care for, but this year I truly respect all the winners. It seems to be a particularly superb year, with the Coen Brothers earning the second place Grand Prix prize as well and Berenice Bejo from Farhadi's The Past taking Best Actress. Fantastic picks all around.
Here's the full list of Cannes 2013 winners, with most of the key awards listed below, including Un Certain Regard. I'll get into my own commentary after the winners. Head to the official Cannes website for more.
Palme d'Or (Golden Palm):
Blue Is The Warmest Colour (La vie d'Adèle) directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
with actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos & Léa Seydoux
Grand Prix (Runner Up):
Inside Llweyn Davis directed by Ethan & Joel Coen
Amat Escalante for Heli
Like Father, Like Son directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
Zhangke Jia for A Touch Of Sin
Camera d'Or (First-Time Filmmaker):
Ilo Ilo directed by Anthony Chen
Best Lead Actor:
Bruce Dern in Alexander Payne's Nebraska
Best Leading Actress:
Bérénice Bejo in Asghar Farhadi's The Past
Un Certain Regard
Un Certain Regard Prize:
The Missing Picture directed by Aida Begic
Special Jury Prize:
Omar directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Alain Guiraudie for Stranger by the Lake
A Certain Talent Prize:
Ensemble cast in The Golden Cage directed by Diego Quemada-Diez
Fruitvale Station directed by Ryan Coogler
Wow. What a year, what a set of awards. I'm impressed by all of the winners, and happy with every last one of them. Sure I was fully expecting Michael Douglas to win Best Actor for Behind the Candelabra, but I'm not surprised the jury decided to pass on that one. It's premiering on HBO tonight if you want to watch it, by the way. That said, I totally loved Blue is the Warmest Color (it's also my #1 film of the festival) and I was there at the very same screening as Steven Spielberg where, it seems, the fate of this film was decided. It is indeed a masterpiece and I'm glad it won the Palme, a deserving win, especially for the two remarkable lead actresses in it, who both received recognition and Palme awards as well. I even loved Like Father, Like Son.
This year's Cannes jury was lead by Steven Spielberg and also included: Daniel Auteuil, Vidya Balan, Naomi Kawase, Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Cristian Mungiu, Lynne Ramsay, Christoph Waltz. This starts to wrap up our final 2013 coverage, another year at the Cannes Film Festival comes to an end with the awards unveiled.