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Rory O'Connor

the Cannes film festival finally came to a close last night but, with voting for the European elections already under way, by Saturday the awards had been decided. Jane Campion and her jury threw up a few surprises but the winner was decidedly a more conservative choice. Here's the full list.

Palme d'Or:

Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

The bookie's pick going into the festival ultimately came out on top. Ceylan is a long time favourite on the Croisette but with some ballsier films also on show, you feel the jury might just have lost their nerve. An anti climax perhaps, but surely a master work too.

Grand Prix:

[The Wonders](movie:1350539) (Alice Rohrwacher)

Essentially the festival's second prize, the Grand Prix went to this beautiful Italian film. A shock to many critics but, for our money, it was the most stunning thing on show.

The Jury award:

Goodbye to Language (Jean Luc Godard)

Mommy (Xavier Dolan)

The festival's bronze medal was shared between the festival's two brashest films. The new wave legend and the Canadian prodigy have a whopping 58 years between them.

Best Actor:

Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)

Many were rooting for Steve Carell's excellent turn in Foxcatcher but for Mike Leigh's wonderful portrait, Spall was just as good.

Best Actress:

Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars)

A shocking snub for Marion Cotillard but Moore was at least the next best thing.

Best Script:

Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

You get the feeling that timing and politics were against this extraordinary film but Zvyagintsev still walked away with the best script award.


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