And the awards are in:
Palme D’Or – The biggest award at the festival goes to Michael Haneke’s “Amour,” a film about an elderly couple dealing with the end of life. Haneke won the Palme D’Or in 2009 for “The White Ribbon.”
Best Screenplay – Cristian Mungiu for Beyond the Hills.
Best Actress – Cosmina Stratan and Christina Flutor shared the award for “Beyond the Hills.”
Best Actor – Mads Mikkelsen for “Jagten” (“The Hunt”), directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
Jury Prize – The Angels Share, directed by Ken Loach.
Best Short Film – Sezziz Be Deng (Silent) by L.Rezan Yesilbas.
Prix de Camera d’Or (Golden Camera) award for first film – Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Behn Zeitlin.
Note that “Amour” is really the only film that had any of the awards buzz or predictions around it. Other betting favorites like “Rust and Bone” and “On the Road” went nowhere. It’s also worth mentioning the big time honors for “Beyond the Hills,” since Cannes rarely gives a film two awards. “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” the Sundance favorite, continues to clean up on the awards circuit.