Winter Sleep Wins At Cannes

Timothy Spall & Julianne Moore also take awards


by James White |
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The Cannes Film Festival is officially over for another year, and the winners of the event's various awards were announced on Saturday night. Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s marriage drama Winter Sleep took the top prize, the coveted Palme d’Or.

Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, which some had tipped for the big award, instead shared the Jury Prize with Jean-Luc Goddard, whose Goodbye To Language had also been rumoured as a potential winner. The Grand Prize, meanwhile, went to Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders.

Moneyball man Bennett Miller, who has received plenty of praise for his heart-breaking true-life drama Foxcatcher, took home Best Director for his work with stars Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum. From the sounds of it, the film will definitely be in the awards conversation later this year.

Acting-wise, the main awards went to Julianne Moore for her performance in David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars and Mr. Turner star Timothy Spall, playing artist J.W. Turner. "I've often been a bridesmaid and this is the first time I have ever been a bride," Spall told the audience. "This is a lifelong collaboration with Mike Leigh and this is as much and accolade for Mr. Leigh as me."

Best Screenplay went to Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin for Leviathan, while the Camera d’Or, awarded to first-time filmmakers, went to Party Girl’s trio of writer/directors Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel TheisPhotos: Getty Images

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