Oscars next for Cannes winners ‘Foxcatcher,’ Timothy Spall and Julianne Moore?


The film that has generated the most Oscar buzz out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Bennett Millers “Foxcatcher,” which took home the award for Best Director. No winner of this prize at Cannes has ever snagged the corresponding one from the Oscars, but five have been nominated: Robert Altman for “The Player” (1992), Joel Coen for “Fargo” (1996), David Lynch for “Mulholland Drive” (2001), Alejandro González Iñárritu for “Babel” (2006) and Julian Schnabel for “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (2007). Both “Fargo” and “Babel” gained Best Picture nominations along with several Oscar wins.

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But the big prize is the Palme D’Or and with the coveted honor going to the Turkish film “Winter Sleep,” it’s unlikely that this film will be elevated into the Best Picture race. Only one foreign-language Palme D’Or champ has ever gotten into the category: “Amour” (2012).

However, the film could get a boost in the academy’s Foreign Language Film category. Five Palme D’Or winners have won the Foreign Film Oscar: “Black Orpheus” from France (1959), “A Man and a Woman” from France (1966), “The Tin Drum” from West Germany (1979), “Pelle the Conqueror” from Denmark (1988) and “Amour.” Eight other winners have been nominated for the prize: “Keeper of Promises” from Brazil (1962), “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” from France (1964), “Kagemusha: The Shadow Warrior” from Japan (1980), “Man of Iron” from Poland (1981), “When Father Was Away on Business” from Yugoslavia (1985), “Farewell My Concubine” from Hong Kong (1993), “The Class” from France (2008) and “The White Ribbon” from Germany (2009).

Since 1955, winners of this top honor have amassed a total of 127 Academy Award nominations across 37 different movies with 28 Oscar wins that span 16 different films. A total of 15 Palme D’Or winners have scored Best Picture nominations: “Marty” (1955), “Friendly Persuasion” (1957), “M*A*S*H” (1970), “The Conversation” (1974), “Taxi Driver” (1976), “Apocalypse Now” (1979), “All That Jazz” (1979), “Missing” (1982), “The Mission” (1986), “The Piano” (1993), “Pulp Fiction” (1994), “Secrets & Lies” (1996), “The Pianist” (2002), “The Tree of Life” (2011) and “Amour” (2012). “Marty” is the only film that’s won both prizes.

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Recipients of the Grand Prix have not been as easily recognized by the academy, which is not the best news for this year’s winner, “The Wonders,” from Italy. Winners of that honor have received 21 total Oscar nominations spread over 12 movies and scored six wins off of four movies. Each one of those four films took the honor for Foreign Language Film: “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion” from Italy (1970), “Cinema Paradiso” from Italy (1989), “Burnt by the Sun” from Russia (1994) and “Life is Beautiful” from Italy (1998) which also won Best Actor (Roberto Benigni) and Original Dramatic Score.

Timothy Spall‘s Best Actor victory for his turn as British painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” could propel him into Oscar consideration like it did for Bruce Dern last year. Fifteen winners of the Best Actor honor at Cannes have gotten recognition from Oscar and five have taken home trophies: Ray Milland for “The Lost Weekend” (1945), Jon Voight for “Coming Home” (1978), William Hurt for “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1985), Christoph Waltz for “Inglorious Basterds” (2009, Supporting) and Jean Dujardin for “The Artist” (2011). It also doesn’t hurt that he’s in an English-speaking role and is being directed by someone whose films have a good track record of being noticed by the academy.

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Julianne Moore‘s surprise win for Best Actress as a declining Hollywood actress in David Cronenberg‘s “Maps to the Stars” could help her get in the Oscar mix. 19 women who have won this category have received nominations from the Academy and four have won: Simone Signoret for “Room at the Top” (1959), Sophia Loren for “Two Women” (1961), Sally Field for “Norma Rae” (1979) and Holly Hunter for “The Piano” (1993). Moore’s already an Academy favorite with four nominations: “Boogie Nights” (1997, Supporting Actress), “The End of the Affair” (1999, Actress), “Far From Heaven” (2003, Actress) and “The Hours” (2003, Supporting Actress).

The Jury Prize wins for Xavier Dolan‘s “Mommy” and Jean-Luc Godard‘s “Goodbye to Language” might give some help for the films in the Foreign Film race should they be submitted by Canada and France, respectively. Seven films that have taken the various incarnations of the Jury Prize have been nominated for the Foreign Film Oscar over the years: “My Uncle” from France (1958), “The Woman in the Dunes” from Japan (1964), “Kwaidan” from Japan (1965), “Z” from Algeria (1969), “The Invitation” from Switzerland (1973), “Colonel Redi” from Hungary (1985) and “Jesus of Montreal” from Canada (1989). Both “My Uncle” and “Z” would win the honor and the latter would also go on to become the first film to be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Film.

Cannes’ screenplay award for Andrey Zvyagintsev‘s “Leviathan” could also give it a boost should Russia submit it in the Best Foreign Film category. Three winners of this prize have won the Foreign Film Oscar: “Mephisto” from Hungary (1981), “No Man’s Land” from Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001) and “The Barbarian Invasions” from Canada (2003). In addition to those, the 2011 winner at Cannes, “Footnote,” was nominated from Israel.

4 thoughts on “Oscars next for Cannes winners ‘Foxcatcher,’ Timothy Spall and Julianne Moore?

  1. Sophia “Loren” not Lauren and Two Women came out in 1961 and Far From Heaven and The Hours both came out in 2002.

  2. “All That Jazz” did come out in America in 1979, but it won the Palme D’Or the following year. As for the mistakes in the spelling of Ms. Loren’s name and the years of Julianne’s third and fourth Oscar nods, I have no excuse for that.

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