What should have won: La Haine
What actually won: Underground
This was a great year for French cinema, but Jeanne Moreau's jury preferred Kusturica's Underground when it came to handing out the prizes. That's a shame, because this was the year that saw Jean-Pierre Jeunet produce his trippy City of Lost Children as well as Matthieu Kassovitz's La Haine, probably the most deserving winner and one which mixes social realism with a cinematic flair for beauty in the most unexpected places. And heck, we're not even arguing for the best American film of that year, Tim Burton's Ed Wood - probably the director's most successful artistic endeavour to date.