Palme d’Or predictions for Cannes 2017


The Cannes Film Festival is wrapping up this weekend, and as such, that means the announcement of its awards is forthcoming. Which movie will join recent winners of the prestigious Palme d’Or like I, Daniel Blake, Dheepan, Winter Sleep, Blue is the Warmest Color, Amour, and The Tree of Life? Your guess is obviously as good as mine, but today I’ll be trying to make my picks for the festival winners here in 2017. It has seemed like a year without a clear Cannes frontrunner, so that could make the jury, which includes Maren Ade, Pedro Almodovar, Jessica Chastain, Will Smith, and Park Chan-wook, prime to go in a potentially unique direction.

This time around at Cannes, there are 19 films battling for the Palme d’Or. The notable movies on this list include 120 Beats per Minute from Robin Campillo, The Beguiled from Sofia Coppola, The Day After from Hong Sangsoo, Good Time from Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie, Happy End from Michael Haneke, The Killing of a Sacred Deer from Yorgos Lanthimos, Loveless from Andrei Zvyagintsev, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) from Noah Baumbach, Okja from Bong Joon-Ho, Redoubtable from Michel Hazanavicius, The Square from Ruben Ostlund, Wonderstruck from Todd Haynes, and You Were Never Really Here from Lynne Ramsay. Those 13 make up some of the likeliest flicks to take home prizes before the weekend is out.


Below you will see what I’m predicting to take home the major prizes. Of note, the aforementioned Ramsay picture You Were Never Really Here hasn’t played yet, so perhaps that will matter…perhaps not. My main curiosity here is if Nicole Kidman is cited for any of her various works at Cannes this year. The other is if Netflix gets shut out or not, with the likely answer being yes. Other than that, who knows? The big prize, the Palme d’Or seems to be between 120 Beats per Minute and Loveless. There’s a chance that Wonderstruck emerges as a consensus pick, while if you’re looking for a shock win, look to The Killing of a Sacred Deer. More than anything else, look for surprises!

Here now are my annual Cannes award predictions for this year:

Palme d’Or

Prediction: Loveless
Alternate: 120 Beats per Minute
Dark Horse: Wonderstruck
Shocker: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Grand Prix

Prediction: Good Time
Alternate: Happy End
Dark Horse: The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Shocker: The Square

Director’s Prize

Prediction: Todd Haynes for Wonderstruck
Alternate: Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie for Good Time
Dark Horse: Andrei Zvyagintsev for Loveless
Shocker: Yorgos Lanthimos for The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Jury Prize

Prediction: 120 Beats per Minute
Alternate: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Dark Horse: Okja
Shocker: Redoubtable

Best Actor

Prediction: Louis Garrel for Redoubtable
Alternate: Robert Pattinson for Good Time
Dark Horse: Alexey Rozin for Loveless
Shocker: Adam Sandler for The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (or Colin Farrell for The Killing of a Sacred Deer)

Best Actress

Prediction: Nicole Kidman for The Killing of a Sacred Deer (or any of her films /a body of work prize)
Alternate: Maryana Spivak for Loveless
Dark Horse: Millicent Simmonds for Wonderstruck
Shocker: Ahn Seo-hyun for Okja

Best Screenplay

Prediction: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Alternate: Happy End
Dark Horse: Wonderstruck
Shocker: The Beguiled

Essentially, I’ve slightly deferred to a number of the English language productions, in part due to the jury this year. Still, I think 120 Beats per Minute or Loveless are far and away the most likely Palme d’Or winners. Beyond that, however, it’s really anyone’s guess. Kidman has a shot to take home some kind of a prize for her festival year at large, while everything else is a big question mark. I guess we’ll just have to sit tight and see what happens. The winners will be announced at the end of the weekend, so on Monday look for us to recap who got honored at the fest. Until then…


Stay tuned to see who and what takes home prizes this year at the Cannes Film Festival!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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