Yesterday, the 2016 Cannes Film Festival wrapped up with the distribution of a number of awards. Of course, the jury, this time around led by George Miller, threw us some real curveballs, but Cannes surprises when the Palme d’Or is given out is more or less par for the course. Especially considering how this was apparently a weak year over in the South of France, I suppose odd choices were a given. Miller and company opted to go with the well received but not expected to win I, Daniel Blake, from festival favorite Ken Loach. The filmmaker is a mainstay at Cannes, so it’s not a huge shocker, but it wasn’t a win that many were predicting. My predictions were way off the mark for this year’s fest, so we’ll just pretend that they don’t exist…right? Right. Good. Now, let’s get on with things!
For the second time, Loach has won the Palme d’Or. Apparently, Loach is making I, Daniel Blake his final film, so if that’s the case, perhaps Miller and his jury sought to give him a proper send off with this honor. Either way, congrats to Loach. Other notable awards consisted of the Grand Prix (basically the runner up prize) going to Xavier Dolan’s poorly received It’s Only the End of the World, the Director prize being a tie between Olivier Assayas’ weakly reviewed Personal Shopper and Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation, along with Andrea Arnold taking the Jury Prize for American Honey. We also saw Asghar Farhadi win the Screenplay prize for The Salesman, along with his lead Shahab Hosseini winning the Actor prize. Actress went to Jaclyn Jose for Ma ‘Rosa, and other awards of note include the Un Certain Regard award in Directing going to Matt Ross for Captain Fantastic and the Fipresci Competition award going to Maren Ade for Toni Erdmann.
Here now are all of the awards given out yesterday at the conclusion of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival:
Palme d’Or: “I, Daniel Blake” (Ken Loach, U.K.)
Grand Prix: “It’s Only the End of the World” (Xavier Dolan, Canada-France)
Director (tie): Olivier Assayas, “Personal Shopper” (France), and Cristian Mungiu, “Graduation” (Romania)
Actor: Shahab Hosseini, “The Salesman” (Iran)
Actress: Jaclyn Jose, “Ma ‘Rosa” (Philippines)
Jury Prize: Andrea Arnold, “American Honey” (U.K.-U.S.)
Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, “The Salesman” (Iran)
Palme d’Honneur: Jean-Pierre Léaud
Camera d’Or: “Divines” (Houda Benyamina, France-Qatar)
Short Films Palme d’Or: “Timecode” (Juanjo Jimenez, Spain)
Special Mention – Short Films Palme d’Or: “The Girl Who Danced With […]