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Cannes Announces Winners, The Tree of Life Takes Top Prize

Palme d’Or: The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick

Grand Prix (tie): The Kid with the Bike, Luc and Jean Dardenne and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Jury Prize: Polisse, Maiween

Best Director: Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia

Best Screenplay: Joseph Cedar, Footnote

Best Short Film: Cross Country, Maryna Vroda

Camera d’Or: Las acacias, Pablo Giorgelli


(500) Days of Summer and 9 Other Great Films the Academy Completely Ignored This Decade

I was really shocked that (500) Days of Summer was completely ignored by the Academy this year. It was on several critic’s top ten lists. It had won several critic awards for its screenplay. I really thought, at the very least, it would get nods for Original Screenplay and Editing (hello, that Expectations vs. Reality scene was fucking awesome). I even had it on my predictions for Best Picture.

Alas, this was not the case and was probably, for me, the biggest disappoint of Tuesday’s announcements. However, this is not the first time an amazing piece of cinema has gone completely un-lauded by the Academy. I’ve picked one film from each year of this past decade that also has zero Oscar nominations to its name.

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