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Will Cannes Film Festival winners repeat at the Oscars?

May 24, 2009 |  5:23 pm

The Cannes Film Festival unveiled its award champs: Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon" (best picture), Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds" (best actor) and Charlotte Gainsbourg in "Antichrist" (best actress). However, odds say they won't repeat at the Academy Awards.

Cannes Film Festival news The White Ribbon

Only one movie has won Cannes' Palm d'Dor and Oscar's best picture prize: "Marty" (1955). Other champs prevailed in other Oscar categories like "The Pianist" (best director for Roman Polanski, best actor for Adrien Brody, 2002). Some nabbed best-picture nominations, like "Secrets and Lies" (1996) and "Pulp Fiction" (1994).

Only three best actors have been shared by both kudos: Ray Milland ("The Lost Weekend," 1945), Jon Voight ("Coming Home," 1978) and William Hurt ("Kiss of the Spider Woman," 1985).

Five lead actresses have overlapped: Shirley Booth ("Come Back, Little Sheba," 1952), Simone Signoret ("Room at the Top," 1959), Sophia Loren ("Two Women," 1961), Sally Field ("Norma Rae," 1979) and Holly Hunter ("The Piano," 1993).

However, it should be stressed that many Oscar contenders probably owe their nominations to early triumphs at Cannes. I believe that a best-actress victory at Cannes helped Penelope Cruz to earn an Oscar bid for "Volver," which, in turn, surely helped her to win in the supporting race for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."


The 2009 Palme d'Or goes to Michael Haneke's 'The White Ribbon'

Daily updates from the fest at the Awards and Festivals News Blog

The Envelope's photo gallery: The scene at Cannes

'Antichrist' is controversial, but therapeutic for director Lars von Trier

Terry Gilliam used magic to finish 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus'

Photos: Sony Pictures Classics, United Artists

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Note: An earlier draft of this article incorrectly cited Cannes winner "Fahrenheit 911" as an Oscar winner. The correction has been made.

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It doesen't have to. Palme d'Or is even better than the Oscar IMO.

Gainsbourg is ineligible anyway, as "Antichrist" will be released on VOD at the same time as the (limited) theatrical release.

If Oscar couldn't get it right and ignored Bjork's tour de force, I doubt Gainsbourg will succeed. Which is a shame because, despite the claims of misogyny, Trier has a way with eliciting phenomenal performances from his leading ladies (see Emily Watson and Nicole Kidman as other examples).

Cannes and Oscars have an strange but interesting history:

Actors who won in Cannes and get Oscar Nominations:

*Katherine Hepburn, Long Day's Journey Into the Night
*Melina Mercouri, Never On Sunday
*Brenda Blethyn, Secret and Lies
*Anne Bancroft, The Pumpkin Eater
*Vanessa Redgrave, Morgan! and Isadora
*Valerie Perrine, Lenny
*Gerard Depardieu, Cyrano de Bergerac
*Jack Lemmon, China Syndrome
*Richard Harris, This Sporting Life
*Marlon Brando, Viva Zapata!

Also, Cannes helped the buzz of some films:

*The diving Bell and the Butterfly
*No Country for old Men
*The Conversation
*The Piano
*Farewell My Concubine
*Sex, secret and Lies
*the Thin Drum/Pelle the Conqueror (The other two Best Palm d'Or who won Oscar for BEst Picture -In Foreign Language Category-)

Around the winners, maybe The White Tappe gets a nomiantion in FLP, because after all SPC has good luck in that.

But I think Waltz is a sure contender for Best Supporting Actor in the next Oscars, possible for win. All the reviews (Positive, Mixed and Negative) raved his performance...

1) White Ribbon will have trouble getting past the conservative FL committee - sounds way too violent.

It might end up with some support among directors, writers and cinematogaphers with a push.

2) Charlotte Gainsbourg, even if Antichrist weren't an Oscar-unfriendly movie, would be ineligible as will the film overall since IFC plans to have to mainly be available via PPV when it gets a limited theatrical release.

3) The actor from Inglorious Basterds is unknown, in an ensemble cast. Other acclaimed performances in Tarantino films since Robert Forster have not gained any traction, despite being well-established US actors.



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