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Full List of 2014 Cannes Winners

This year’s Cannes Film Festival had quite a different tone to it: with previous years there were plenty of boos from critics for films they did not approve of, such as last year’s Nicolas Winding Refn film Only God Forgives, which received widespread abuse. 2014 looked to change the tune.

While starting off on the wrong foot with Nicole Kidman’s film Grace of Monaco, a movie slammed by critics for Kidman’s ‘wrongful’ portrayal of former Hollywood actress Grace Kelly, Grace of Monaco would lead many movie buffs to believe we were in for a torrid time this year. However, for the next week, critical acclaim rolled out as films like David Michod’s The Rover, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, and Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman all grabbed the spotlight – making Cannes 2014 a special and varied year for genre cinema.

With so much to mention, here is the full list of Cannes winners from this year:

Palme d’Or: Nuri Bilge CeylanWinter Sleep

Grand Prix: Alice RohrwacherThe Wonders

Jury Prize: Xavier Dolan, Mommyand Jean-Luc Goddard, Goodbye to Language

Best Director: Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Best Screenplay: Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, Leviathan

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars

Best Actor: Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner

Camera d’Or: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, Party Girl

It was great to see Timothy Spall finally getting recognition, as he plays the ‘eccentric’ British painter J.M.W Turner. Spall had spent five whole years preparing for the role with Mike Leigh (the film’s director), researching the role together. While the dedication was enough alone to make him deserving of the award; Spall was also glad he could now finally call himself a leading man.  “Actors are divided into two camps,” he told the British news channel, the BBC. “Those who get the good-looking, wish-fulfilment parts and then the supporting actors like me who get the real-life roles. I’ve been lucky enough to have many of them, but there are not many prizes to be had in a supporting position. Finally though, with Mr Turner, it feels like someone has made me into a leading actor – albeit an ugly one.”

Timothy Spall with his Cannes award for Best Actor.

Timothy Spall certainly is a talented actor who deserves the limelight; and so is this year’s best actress Julianne Moore, who gave an on-the-edge performance as a struggling Hollywood actress in David Cronenberg’s film Maps to the Stars. The role, perhaps, seemed tailor-made for Moore as she recently stated that “the longer you live the Hollywood lifestyle, the more empty you become.”

Strong words – let’s hope her and Spall’s performances will foreshadow the Academy Awards early next year.

Let me know below what you think of the list of winners for this year.