Cannes 2013 – “Blue Is the Warmest Color” Earns Prestigious Palme d’Or Award

French director Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is The Warmest Color (or La vie d’Adèle) received top honors during the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival and won the Palme d’Or Award.

This year, the jury included Oscar winners Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Christoph Waltz, and Steven Spielberg; who was also jury President. Plus, Daniel Auteuil, Cristian Mungiu, Lynne Ramsay, Vidya Balan, and Naomi Kawase were also members of this year’s festival jury. All nine members were responsible for choosing the award winners among 20 different films that premiered at the festival.

Spielberg presented the Palme d’Or award and stated that he felt the jury took an  “exceptional step” of awarding it to not only the director, Kechiche, but also to the lead actresses Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. This is quite unusual to also acknowledge the actresses’ work with the Palme d’Or. However, those present at the ceremony cheered and supported this decision and agreed that the actresses also deserved the award.

Here is a complete list of the award-winners for the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival:

Palme d’Or: Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Grand Prix: Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Director: Amat Escalante, Heli 

Best Screenplay: Jia Zhangke, A Touch of Sin

Best Actress: Berenice Bejo, The Past

Best Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska 

Jury Prize: Hirokazu Kore-eda, Like Father, Like Son 

Camera d’Or: Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo

What do you think of the award results? Do you think these films will generate more buzz during the 2014 award season? Do you think the jury members made the right decisions? Are you interested in seeing any of these films?

Abdellatif Kechiche, Léa Seydoux, and Adèle Exarchopoulos with their Palme d'Or Award.
Abdellatif Kechiche, Léa Seydoux, and Adèle Exarchopoulos with their Palme d’Or Award.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter and IMDbPro

Cannes 2013 – Red Carpet Photos from “The Great Gatsby” Festival Premiere!

Yesterday was the opening day of the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival! Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby opened the festival with a premiere event.

The Great Gatsby cast members  Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Debicki, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, and Amitabh Bachchan attended a photo call earlier in the day before the big premiere. Later in the evening, the stars walked the red carpet and were joined by several big Hollywood names; including directors Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee.

Actors such as Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, Christoph Waltz, Paz Vega, and Vidya Balan also attended the event. Plus, Lana Del Ray, Florence Welch, and Jay-Z attended as they all contributed to the unique soundtrack.

Take a look at the photos from the photo call and the red carpet event in the gallery below!

Have you seen The Great Gatsby in theaters yet? If so, what did you think of Luhrmann’s take on the story? Are you looking forward to hearing more about the Cannes Film Festival as it continues? Be sure to check back in for more Cannes coverage!

Cannes - Day One - #12

Source: IMDbPro