The 65th Cannes Film Festival comes to a close today, after over 100 films have screened in and out of competition, numerous premieres, parties and after-parties were attended by the rich and famous and thousands of critics finally stopped and headed home for well-deserved sleep.
Now, before all the stars can go home, it’s time for the awards to be handed out and tonight the festival jury will hand out nine awards including Best Actor, Best Actress and, of course, the all important Palme d’Or to the twenty big films competing In Competiiton. These films include Lawless, Rust and Bone and Moonrise Kingdom, as well as “Cosmopolis”, “Mud”, “On The Road” and “The Paperboy“.
Although predicting the winners of film festivals is often nigh on impossible, general consensus seems to be Best Actress will go to Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”) or Emuanelle Riva (“Amour”), with perhaps “Holy Motors” or “Amour” taking the Palme after winning rave reviews from all the critics. This can also be a good indication of how the rest of the 2012 awards season, and into 2013′s Oscars, could play out. Remember, last year’s little film that could “The Artist” swept Cannes and then dominated nearly every festival and awards list all the way to Oscar glory.
Awards will be handed out at 7pm local time tonight, (6pm GMT, 1pm EST, 10am PST) and we’ll update this post as the results come in, but in the mean time, check below for the Un Certain Regard winners, a section which included “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Antiviral“, along with other Critics’ Choice prizes.