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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.