12:08 pm - 05/24/2014

Cannes Winners: Ceylan Dedicates his Palme d'Or to the dead of Turkey's Gezi Protests

Nuri Bilge Ceylan wins the Palme d'Or for Winter's Sleep

There was a giant cheer as the Turkish director's name was called.

Ceylan adds the Palme d'Or to his previous Cannes wins, having picked up lesser prizes for his other films Uzak, Three Monkeys and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia in previous years. The Palme win makes him only the second Turkish director to fondle the fronds. Yilmaz Guney and Serif Goren’s The Way took the prize in 1982.

In his speech Ceylan dedicated the Palme d'Or to "all the young people of Turkey, including those who lost their lives” acknowledging the deaths during the Gezi protests in Turkey one year ago this May.


The Grand Prix goes to Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders

Alice Rohrwacher, the second youngest director in competition and one of only two female directors selected this year, wins for her film The Wonders. It's a drama about a bee-keeping family that failed to stir up much buzz after its premiere, but it got its sting into the jury.

Adding an extra note of irony to Rohrwacher’s victory was the fact that the festival had been rife with speculation that the other female director in competition, Japanese helmer Naomi Kawase, would win a major prize for her latest drama, “Still the Water.” But Kawase, who previously won the Grand Prix for 2007′s “The Mourning Forest” and the Camera d’Or for her 1997 debut, “Suzaku,” came up empty-handed, throwing cold water on early rumors that she would win the Palme as a result of some feminist statement by a jury led by Jane Campion.

“The gender of the filmmakers never entered our discussions,” Campion said at the press conference held immediately after the ceremony. “We were moved by and responded to the films.”

Bennett Miller wins best director for Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller's grabs a deserved win for Foxcatcher. Steve Carell stars as eccentric billionaire John Du Pont, who's dream of financing a world-beating wrestling team brought him into ill-fated contact with Olympic champions Dave and Mark Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum). Keep an eye on Foxcatcher. It's likely to get next year's Oscars in a choke hold.

The Jury prize is shared by Xavier Dolan's Mommy and Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language

Whoops and cheers in the press room as Xavier Dolan's name is called out. Mommy - a joyous, moving drama about the dangerously close relationship between a mother and her violent son - got a lot of love from critics here.

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Boos and howls as it's announced that Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language will share the prize. Godard's film was much more polarising here. Perhaps because of the use of voice-over ... in the voice of Godard's dog.

Dolan is very much in the moment. He cries, thanks Jane Campion for The Piano, marvels at "this crazy business". Godard is - once again - absent. Perhaps he's at home crying or taking the dog for a walk.

Best actor goes to Timothy Spall

Told you. Timothy Spall wins best actor for his masterful performance as grunting, humping genius JMW Turner. He hasn't prepared a speech, he's happy to be in the spotlight for once. "I've always been the bridesmaid, it's nice to be the bride".

Tim pulls out a mobile phone to read out his list of thank yous. It interferes with the radio mics in the auditorium sending a stuttering blast of feedback across the hall. Tim just keeps on going, thanking Mike Leigh, his co-stars, producer Georgina Lowe ... "I could go on forever," he says. He might just do that.

The speech rolls on. He's been talking for 6 minutes so far by my count. The Oscars would have played him off by now. But this is Cannes, where the artist is king and bride both. Keep going Tim. Keep going on into the night. You've earned it.


Best actress is Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars

A giant whoop in among the tappity-tap-tapping press as Julianne Moore takes the best actress prize for her grand-standing performance as a crazed Hollywood dame in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars.

Moore's not here. She's back in LA, where the stars are crazy and the dead talk to the famous (at least, according to Cronenberg). She's sent a lackey to pick up the prize for her.

"Vive Los Angeles," says the lackey. "Vive David Cronenberg, Vive Julianne Moore and Vive La France" Vive all that. And Vive Les Lackeys too.

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whiskybars 24th-May-2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
wow @ i was not expecting bennett miller to win

YAS @ xavier. i never thought he'd grow on me but alas.

wheresandrae 25th-May-2014 01:56 am (UTC)
I can't believe Xavier only got Jury prize. My friend was texting me from the awards and said the crowd was audibly pissed he only got Jury prize
walker_sarah 24th-May-2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
bless you

bssybuse 24th-May-2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
i'm so proud of him, plus he's from my district lol
breaktheice89 24th-May-2014 08:39 pm (UTC)

it's weird seeing this on ontd
ion_square 24th-May-2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
And none for Kristen Stewart lol
bossm 24th-May-2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
I can't believe that people expected that Kristen Stewart will win Best Actress.
jiggle_jingles8 24th-May-2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Pfff. Most cinephiles/film critics in general didn't expect Kristen to win. Some mentioned her in their predictions, but she wasn't among the faves. Sils Maria did good at Cannes tho and yes as much as she is hated, Kristen received a surprising amount of praise for her performance.
bossm 24th-May-2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
I don't talk about film critics. Just normal people who suddenly got the idea that she's in the running. The same happened in the year of On The Road.
holyfrijoles_2 24th-May-2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was actually mostly seeing predictions that Marion would get it.
backupblood 24th-May-2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
Cannes almost never gives acting prizes to supporting roles, so it was pretty much a pipe dream
laurshel 24th-May-2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
They were acting like she had "won" something just from a few positive reviews, that other thread was absolutely ridiculous. It's like, call us when she's actually nominated for shit.
ion_square 24th-May-2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
Also I don't know why but I hate the title Maps to the Stars. Idk I just wish it was named something else lol. 

I'm happy for Julianne Moore though. I hope she gets an Oscar since she is so long overdue. 
backupblood 24th-May-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
I would say she's the most overdue living actress at this point. Still not over her snub for A Single Man
greenfieldcsi 25th-May-2014 12:12 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I can't believe she still doesn't have one. People complain about Leo, but that is no where in the league of the snubs Julianne has had!
jiggle_jingles8 24th-May-2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
So happy that Dolan won something. Also glad that Spall won. Maps to the Stars got so-so mixed reviews but Julianne Moore's perdormance was so good that she nabbed the best actress prize, yaaas Julianne!

Beautiful that Nuri Bilge Ceylan decicated his win to the ones who lost their lives in the Gezi protests. He's making sure people don't forget.
dr0012 24th-May-2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
really? because criticwire has an average of B+ for Maps to the Stars.
jiggle_jingles8 24th-May-2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
Maps isn't in the top 5 of the Cannes In Competition critics ratings. It did not get panned but there were critics who were split about it. http://cannes-rurban.rhcloud.com/2014
backupblood 24th-May-2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
I semi-predicted Julianne but thought the response to the movie in general would prove resistant. Hmmmm. I thought Mommy would win Director and Foxcatcher Jury Prize so a bit surprised at it being the other way around.
taecish 24th-May-2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
i cant wait for adieu au langage. it looks so pretentious even for a godard film <3

julianne moore is never not amazing when she's playing angry rich white ladies

Edited at 2014-05-24 07:39 pm (UTC)
natywentz 24th-May-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
some people here are really obsessed with kristen stewart. lol

caroolk3 24th-May-2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
mte she's not even mentioned in the post yet people are checking for her lmao
carolmarcus 24th-May-2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
carolmarcus 24th-May-2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for Julianne
jiggle_jingles8 24th-May-2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
Sucks that she could not be there in person :( I'm super happy she won!!!
fabouluz 24th-May-2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
Good group of winners
dr0012 24th-May-2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
The "lackey" accepting the award for Moore was the Maps to the stars screenwriter, Bruce Wagner (who's actually in the movie too for a cameo)
distinguetraces 24th-May-2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
lol, source did not know that!
dr0012 24th-May-2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
I just looked at what's the source and let's just say I'm seriously not impressed.
dancemusic 24th-May-2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
i've been spending the weekend watching xavier dolan's films. watched heartbeats and i killed my mother last night. watched tom at the farm today. will watch laurence anyways tomorrow. crazy bc i remember seeing some posts about him but i never thought of watching his stuff until last night when i was bored and browsing ifc films that were available and found heartbeats and thought it looked interesting.
distinguetraces 24th-May-2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Where'd you get Tom at the Farm? I didn't realize it was out yet.

I love Heartbeats (or its much much better international title, Imaginary Loves) - it has exactly the same plot as a Will & Grace episode, but so stylishly done.
luna_potterhead 24th-May-2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
Same! I'm about halfway thru Tom at the Farm and then I'll be done. He's so great.
wheresandrae 25th-May-2014 02:00 am (UTC)
Laurence Anyways is his masterpiece imo. One of the best films I've seen in the last 4 years.
sher_locked0 24th-May-2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Julianne! She's only the second actress to complete the Venice, Berlin, Cannes trio if I'm not mistaken.

It's a good group of winners.
breaktheice89 24th-May-2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
that's great that ceylan mentioned those who died <3
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