Cannes Film Festival winners: Oscar next for Julianne Moore?

The Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival was awarded to “Winter Sleep,” a drama about a family operating a hotel in Turkey’s mountains during a snow storm.

Referring to the country’s political turmoil and a recent coal-mine explosion, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan dedicated his victory to “the young people in Turkey and those who lost their lives in the last year.”

The fest’s runner-up trophy, the Grand Prix, went to “The Wonders,” an Italian drama about four squabbling sisters by Alice Rohrwacher, the only female director in competition.

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Winner of the directors’ award was a huge surprise – Bennett Miller for “Foxcatcher,” the tale of murder and intrigue in the world of Olympic wrestling.

The Best Actor laurels went to Timothy Spall as legendary painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh‘s “Mr. Turner.” Spall acknowledged that the artist “was a funny-looking, fat little man and so am I.” Referring to his long career as an actor, he added, “I’ve spent a lot of time being a bridesmaid. This is the first time I’ve ever been a bride.”

Julianne Moore won Best Actress for her role in David Cronenberg‘s “Maps to the Stars” as an actress who strives to play a role her mother made famous. That victory set off lively commentary in Gold Derby’s message boards where AviChristiaans writes, “Julianne Moore is the 2nd actress in the history to achieve the trifecta (Cannes, Berlin, Venice) after Juliette Binoche.” Adds babypook: “Can Moore now join the four other actresses in the past 68 years who have won Best Actress at Cannes who also won the Oscar?” After four defeats at the Academy Awards, Moore is widely considered to be ridiculously overdue to snag academy gold.

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Other festival award winners:

Jury Prize (tie)
“Mommy,” Xavier Dolan
“Goodbye to Language,” Jean-Luc Godard

Best Screenplay
“Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oleg Negin

Camera d’Or
“Party Girl,” directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis

Short Film
“Leidi,” Simón Mesa Soto
Special Mention:
“Aïssa,” Clément Trehin-Lalanne
“Ja Vi Elsker,” Hallvar Witzo

Photos: “Winter Sleep” (left), “Map to the Stars” (right)

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