Steamy lesbian drama seduces Cannes Film Festival awards jury

The Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, Palme d’Or, was bestowed to Abdellatif Kechiche‘s steamy lesbian romance “Blue is the Warmest Color” by the nine-member jury presided over by Steven Spielberg. The jury gave actresses Adele Exarcholpoulos and Lea Seydoux honorary scrolls to acknowledge their bravery.

The French film beat the Coen brothers’ homage to 1960s folk music, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which won the consolation kudo, the festival’s Grand Prix of the Jury. Ethan and Joel Coen were not present to accept the latter since they had scooted out of Cannes last week after the film’s premiere. Their prize was accepted by “Llewyn” star Oscar Isaac.

The previous two winners of the Palme d’Or — “Amour” (2012) and “The Tree of Life” (2011) — went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars where “Amour” claimed the trophy for Best Foreign Film. Only one of the past 64 winners of the Palme d’Or has bagged the top Oscar for Best Picture: “Marty” (1955).

Bruce Dern snagged the festival’s laurel for Best Actor for portraying a grumpy geezer in Alexander Payne‘s “Nebraska.” Two years ago, Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), won the same prize before reaping the Oscar for Best Actor. In 2009, Christoph Waltz won the fest prize for “Inglourious Basterds” before garnering the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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PALME D’OR: “Blue is the Warmest Color,” directed by Abdellatif Kechiche

GRAND PRIX: “Inside Llewyn Davis,” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

BEST DIRECTOR: Amat Escalante for “Heli”

BEST SCREENPLAY: Jia Zhangke for “A Touch of Sin”

BEST FIRST FEATURE: “Ilo Ilo,” directed by Anthony Chen

PRIX DU JURY: “Like Father, Like Son,” directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu

BEST ACTRESS: Berenice Bejo for “Le Passe” by Asghar Farhadi

BEST ACTOR: Bruce Dern in “Nebraska” by Alexander Payne

SHORT FILM: “Safe” directed by Moon Byoung-Gon

BELOW: A scene from “Blue is the Warmest Color” —

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