news//'WINTER SLEEP' WINS PALME D'OR AT CANNES

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The most famous film festival in the world concluded with its award ceremony in high fashion. The Cannes Film Festival runs 11 days in the Cannes, France region located on the French Riviera. Celebrities flock to the festival each year where films from all over the world are showcased. Since it began in 1946, the Cannes Film Festival has become known for its "old Hollywood" glitz and glamour. It's perhaps one of the only traditions still tied to Hollywood's Golden Age.

This year twenty films competed for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or. Top name directors and stars were among this year's competitors. The jury consisted of directors Jane Campion (jury president this year), Sofia Coppola, and Nicolas Winding Refn, as well as actors Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal.

In town to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman presented the Palme d'Or to Turkish film Winter Sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The film received a standing ovation after its premiere, despite its over-3 hour runtime. The runner-up Grand Prix prize went to Italian film The Wonders.

Bennett Miller won Best Director for the Oscar bait film Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum. The jury prize was split between Mommy, directed by Xavier Dolan, and Goodbye to Language, directed by legend Jean-Luc Godard.

Acting awards went to Julianne Moore for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars and Timothy Spall for Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, boosting both actors' chances for Oscar season later this year.

Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin won the screenplay award for the Russian film Leviathan. The film was bought by Sony Pictures Classics over the weekend.

Here's a complete list of winners:

Palme d'Or: Winter Sleep

Grand Prix: The Wonders

Jury Prize: (TIE) Mommy and Goodbye to Language

Best Director: Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Best Screenplay: Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, Leviathan

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars

Best Actor: Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner

Camera d'Or: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis, Party Girl

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