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Jury Prize Winners, Losers to Watch Oscars Season – The Hollywood Reporter


No one gets to see everything that’s shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival — there were 21 titles in the mix this year — and I certainly haven’t. So, without passing judgment on all the titles that He was Awards recognized on Saturday, I must say I am amazed at the fact that all five eligible titles are in English – Wes Anderson‘s Asteroid CityAnd Jean Stephen Soffer‘s Black bugsAnd Ainouz cream‘s firebrandAnd Todd Haynes‘s may december And Ken Loach‘s old oak – was completely overridden by the jury.

Needless to say, this is not up to the Cannes jury – which this year included her ilk Paul DanoAnd Brie Larson And new winners of the Palme d’Or Robin Ostlund (2017’s Square and 2022 Sadness triangle) and 2021 Julia DuCorneau (Titan) — for trying to foreshadow the Oscar race. But it is still notable, to me, that after several consecutive years of significant overlap between Kahn jury anthologies and Academy anthologies—most notably when parasite He won first prizes for both – it seems unlikely that there will be many, if any, this year.

The Academy, of course, gravitates primarily towards working in English, even as it becomes a more international organization. And there’s plenty of Academy-friendly work in the five overlooked English titles, particularly the outstanding performances Natalie Portman And Julian Moore As an actress and set woman respectively, V.I may decemberwhich Netflix bought for $11 million at the festival and plans to pay for the awards; Alicia Vikander And Jude Law As Catherine Parr and King Henry VIII, respectively, in firebrand, which is still seeking distribution in the United States; And Tye Sheridan And Sean Penn As a young man preparing for medical school and an experienced paramedic, respectively, V.I Black bugsto be distributed by Open Road in America.

Two other English-language films shown at the festival, albeit out of competition, are sure to garner big Oscar payouts: Martin Scorsese‘s Moonflower Killersfrom Paramount and Apple TV+, which feature notable turns Leonardo DiCaprioAnd Lily GladstoneAnd Robert De Niro And Jesse Plemons (Scorsese and his backers chose not to screen it in competition); and the latest Pixar, racistthat concluded the festival.

What about those movies He was Honoring?

The person with the most Oscar potential may be the grand prize winner area of ​​interesta British filmmaker Jonathan GlazerA German-language portrait of the life of a Hussian family outside the gates of Auschwitz, a true study of the banality of evil. He will definitely get an Oscar boost from A24, who also handled Glazer’s latest previous film, Under the skin, ten years ago; As was the case with this project, I have no doubt this project will be widely accepted by critics – but I’m not totally sold on being the Academy’s cup of tea. Even the way it started, with several minutes of a blank screen, struck many of those I gave it as pretentious, and could lose interest in Academy members trying to watch it at home on the Academy members-only streaming service.

It seems to me unlikely that Germany would choose to submit, as its entry for Best International Film in the Oscar race, a film by a non-German film director and/or a film that reflects so poorly on the behavior of the German people during the World War. secondly. So the film’s strongest Oscar prospect may be its leading lady, Sandra Hollerwho plays Mrs. Höss area of ​​interest – as well as the stars of the Palme d’Or-winning film, Justin Treat‘s Fall Anatomy, in which she plays a writer who tries to prove her innocence over her husband’s death. (Had Houllier’s films not managed to win two awards at the festival, it seems likely that she would have taken home a Best Actress award, but the Cannes jury generally prefers spreading around her awards.)

Fall Anatomy It will be distributed in the United States by Neon, which also handled US distribution of the last French film to win the Palme d’Or, Titan, which was eventually submitted by France as its entry for the Academy Award, but was not shortlisted. This season, France will have to decide whether or not to submit Fall Anatomy or which movie Tran Anh Hong won Best Director Award, pot or fauxwhich characterizes the favorite French stars Juliette Binoche And Benoit Magimel And it may have a more common appeal. pot or faux Still seeking distribution in the United States.

The jury award went to Fallen leavesthe latest film by a Finnish master Aki Kaurismakiwho previously represented his country in the Best International Oscars with 1996 Drifting clouds, which was left out; 2002 The man without a pastwho was nominated; 2006 lights at dusk, until it was withdrawn; and 2011 Le Havrewho was not nominated. MUBI will distribute it in the United States

He won the Best Screenplay Award Yuji Sakamoto for the Japanese movie Monsterwho directed it Hirokazu Kure Idawho previously represented his country in 2004 no one knows, which was not nominated; and 2018 thieveswho was nominated. Still seeking distribution in the United States.

Murphy Dzdar She won the Best Actress award for her role in the Turkish film About dry herbswho directed it Nuri Bilge Ceylonwho represented his country in 2003 farthat are not nominated; 2008 Three monkeys, which was shortlisted; 2011 Once upon a time in Anatolia, which was not nominated; 2014 Hibernation, which was not nominated; and 2018 Wild pear treewho was not nominated. Still seeking distribution in the United States.

Then there is the great Japanese actor Koji Yakushofor which he won Best Actor for Perfect daysa Japanese-German co-production directed by the legendary German director Wim Wenders. Neon is reportedly close to a deal for the rights to distribute the film in the United States. Wenders represented Germany in 1977 American friendthat are not nominated; 1987 Desire Wingsthat are not nominated; and 2011 Bina, which was on the shortlist. But it remains to be seen if Japan or Germany will present a co-production this season.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.