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Palme d’Or predictions for Cannes 2018

In just a few days, the awards for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival will be given out. While a number of movies and artists will be feted this weekend, the question of who and what looms large. Which film will be able to join recent winners of the prestigious Palme d’Or like The Square, I, Daniel Blake, Dheepan, Winter Sleep, Blue is the Warmest Color, Amour, and The Tree of Life? Your guess this year is obviously as good as mine, but once again today I’ll be trying to make my picks for the festival winners. It has again seemed like a year without a clear Cannes frontrunner, so that could make the 2018 jury, which consists of Cate Blanchett as President, plus Chang Chen, Ava DuVernay, Robert Guédiguian, Khadja Nin, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Denis Villeneuve, and Andrey Zvyagintsev, go in any number of directions.

This year’s lineup has notoriously been low on high profile films, but that doesn’t mean that the Cannes jury doesn’t have a tough choice ahead of them. There’s a highly praised new work from Spike Lee, the latest from a number of beloved foreign filmmakers, etc. What it means is that there’s strong candidates, if not obvious ones. In case you forgot, these are titles playing In Competition at the fest:

Le Livre D’Image, dir: Jean-Luc Godard
Blackkklansman, dir: Spike Lee
Three Faces, dir: Jafar Panahi
Cold War, dir: Pawel Pawlikowski
Leto, dir: Kirill Serebrennikov
Lazzaro Felice, dir: Alice Rohrwacher
Under The Silver Lake, dir: David Robert Mitchell
Capernaum, dir: Nadine Labaki
At War, dir: Stephane Brizé
Asako I&II, dir: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Sorry Angel, dir: Christophe Honoré
Dogman, dir: Matteo Garrone
Girls Of The Sun, dir: Eva Husson
Yomeddine, dir: A.B Shawky
Burning, dir: Lee-Chang Dong
Shoplifters, dir: Kore-Eda Hirokazu
Ash Is Purest White, dir: Jia Zhang-Ke

Below you’ll see my predictions, which I freely admit are a total shot in the dark. Basically, it’s total luck if you get anything right in a year like this. Even when there’s been seemingly frontrunners in the past, plenty of surprises happen still. Anyway, let’s get on with it and then I’ll explain myself a bit afterwards…

Here are my 2018 Cannes predictions:

Palme d’Or

Prediction: Cold War
Alternate: BlacKkKlansman
Dark Horse: Happy as Lazzaro
Shocker: Everybody Knows

Grand Prix

Prediction: Three Faces
Alternate: Shoplifters
Dark Horse: BlacKkKlansman
Shocker: Happy as Lazzaro

Director’s Prize

Prediction: Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman
Alternate: Jafar Panahi for Three Faces
Dark Horse: Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War
Shocker: David Robert Mitchell for Under the Silver Lake

Jury Prize

Prediction: BlacKkKlansman
Alternate: Burning
Dark Horse: Girls of the Sun
Shocker: Three Faces

Best Actor

Prediction: Andrew Garfield for Under the Silver Lake
Alternate: Tomasz Kot for Cold War
Dark Horse: Javier Bardem for Everybody Knows
Shocker: Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman

Best Actress

Prediction: Behnaz Jafari for Three Faces
Alternate: Golshifteh Farahani for Girls of the Sun
Dark Horse: Joanna Kulig for Cold War
Shocker: Nicoletta Braschi for Happy as Lazzaro

Best Screenplay

Prediction: Shoplifters
Alternate: Three Faces
Dark Horse: Under the Silver Lake
Shocker: BlacKkKlansman

As you can see above with my predictions, there’s a core of main contenders, but nothing seems that likely to occur. Basically, I’m running with a hunch that BlacKkKlansman will get something big, Everybody Knows and Under the Silver Lake won’t be ignored, and that Cold War will take the top prize. Even so, none of that is even close to set in stone. Regardless, the one thing that will be certain this weekend is that surprises will take place. Check back on Monday for a report on the winners, but for now, your guess is as good as mine. 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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