Michael Haneke’s “Amour” wins Palme d’Or, tops list of Cannes Film Festival 2012 winners

May 27, 2012 | Posted By In Awards | 844 Views

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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.

Un Certain Regard:

Best Actress: Suzanne Clement, in Xavier Dolan’s “Laurence Anyways
Best Actress: Emilie Dequenne, in Joachim Lafosse’s “A Perdre la Raison
Un Certain Regard Special Distinction: “Djeca (Children of Sarajevo)”, Aida Begic
Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize: “Le Grand Soir“, Gustave Kervern, Benoît Delepine
Prize of Un Certain Regard: “Despues de Lucia“, Michel Franco


FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics:

Beasts Of The Southern Wild“, Benh Zeitlin, Un Certain Regard
In The Fog” Sergei Loznitsa, In Competition
Hold Back (Rengaine)“, Rachid Djaïdani, Directors’ Fortnight


In Competition:

Palme d’Or:
“Amour”, Michael Haneke

Grand Prix:
“Reality”, Matteo Garrone

Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director):
Carlos Reygadas for “Post Tenebras Lux”

Prix du Scenario (best screenplay):
Cristian Mungiu for “Beyond the Hills”

Camera d’Or (best first feature):
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”, Benh Zeitlin

Prix du Jury (jury prize):
“The Angels’ Share”, Ken Loach

Prix d’interpretation feminine (best actress):
Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan for “Beyond the Hills”

Prix d’interpretation masculine (best actor):
Mads Mikkelsen for “The Hunt”

Palme d’Or (short film):
“Silence (Sessis-Be Deng)”, L. Rezan Yesilbas





Linda is currently a Film Reporter at TheWrap. She studied Film & Digital Media at the University of California. She likes David Fincher, New York City, and cats. She founded Up&Comers in 2010. You can find more of her random ramblings, 140 characters at a time, on Twitter @lindazge.