The jury president, Cate Blanchett, helped bestow this year's honors on multiple films, including a special award for Jean-Luc Godard.
The 71st Cannes Film Festival began May 8 with a screening of Asghar Farhadi's Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The fest ended with the much-anticipated premiere of Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
Many auteurs had films represented both in and out of competition, including Spike Lee, whose BlacKkKlansman earned the Grand Prix (second place) award, Lars Von Trier, whose The House That Jack Built prompted the fest's most notorious walkouts this year, and newcomer Lukas Dhont, whose Girl was purchased by Netflix shortly after earning multiple prizes in both the Un Certain Regard awards and the closing ceremony.
While many were expecting Lee's BlacKkKlansman to take the Palme d'Or, after a rousing debut and 10-minute standing ovation, or Happy as Lazzaro, a timely masterpiece by, Alice Rohrwacher, the only female director represented in the In Competition list, it was Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters that claimed the prize.
The Closing Ceremony and awards show took place at the Grand Theatre Lumiere with Edouard Baer serving as the Master of Ceremonies.
Blanchett and her fellow jury-members, including Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, and Lea Seydoux, graced the stage throughout the presentation, alongside presenters such as Roberto Benigni and Asia Argento. Argento's rousing speech before presenting the Best Actress prize with DuVernay earned the night's top headlines. In her unprompted speech, Argento claimed Harvey Weinstein once raped her at the festival years ago. She followed with a searing call-to-action and reminder that even those sitting in the room who are equally as guilty of crimes against women will be made known one day.
After the ceremony, the prizewinners and jury were treated to a surprise concert by Sting and Shaggy.
COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS:
MANBIKI KAZOKU (SHOPLIFTERS)
Hirokazu Kore-eda, director
(Awarded by Cate Blanchett)
Spike Lee, director
(Awarded by Benicio Del Toro and Chang Chen)
Nadine Labaki, director
(Awarded by Gary Oldman and Lea Seydoux)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Matteo Garrone, director
(Awarded by Khadja Nin and Roberto Benigni)
ZIMNA WOJNA (COLD WAR)
(Awarded by Abderrahmane Sissako, Kristen Stewart, Denis Villeneuve)
LAZZARO FELICE (HAPPY AS LAZZARO)
Alice Rohrwacher, director
SE ROKH (3 FACES)
Jafar Panahi, director
(Awarded by Robert Guediguian and Chiara Mastroianni)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Sergey Dvortsevoy, director
(Award by Ava DuVernay and Asia Argento)
SPECIAL PALME D'OR
LE LIVRE D'IMAGE (IMAGE BOOK)
Jean-Luc Godard, director
(Awarded by Cate Blanchett)
SHORT FILM PALME D'OR
ALL THESE CREATURES
Charles Williams, director
SHORT FILM SPECIAL DISTINCTION BY THE JURY
YAN BIAN SHAO NIAN (ON THE BORDER)
Shujun Wei, director
Lukas Dhont, director