66th Annual Cannes Film Festival Awards

A projection taken the official poster of the 66th Cannes Film Festival is pictured during a news conference to announce the competing films at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Paris

The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival took place from 15th to 26th May 2013 in Cannes, France. The festival opened with Baz Luhrmann‘s epic romantic drama film THE GREAT GATSBY and closed with Jérôme Salle‘s crime film ZULU.  THE BLING RING, directed by Sofia Coppola, opened the Un Certain Regard section. Steven Spielberg was the head of the jury for main competition and along with him, there were Daniel Auteuil (French actor), Vidya Balan, Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Kawase (Japanese film director)Cristian Mungiu (Romanian film director), Christoph Waltz and Lynne Ramsay (Scottish film director) were also the members of the jury for main competition. New Zealand film director Jane Campion was the head of the jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Film sections.

The French film BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR directed by Abdellatif Kechiche won the Palme d’Or. In an unprecedented move, the Jury decided to take “the exceptional step” of awarding the film’s two main actresses with the Palme d’Or along with the director.

It is completely obvious that I haven’t watched any of these films as I didn’t attend the festival but I like to keep track of who won which award so it becomes easier for me in the future. There were a lot of brilliant films in the festival and I’m hoping to watch all of them. One film at a time.

Here is the complete list of winners:

In Competition

Palme d’Or: Blue Is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche

  • Honorary Palme d’Or: Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux for Blue Is the Warmest Colour

Grand Prix: Inside Llewyn Davis by Joel & Ethan Coen

Best Director: Amat Escalante for Heli

Best Screenplay: Jia Zhangke for A Touch of Sin

Best Actress:  Bérénice Bejo for The Past

Best Actor: Bruce Dern for Nebraska

Jury Prize: Like Father, Like Son by Hirokazu Koreeda

Un Certain Regard

Prize of Un Certain Regard:  The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh

Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize: Omar by Hany Abu-Assad

Un Certain Regard Best Director: Alain Guiraudie for Stranger by the Lake

Un Certain Regard Best First Film: Fruitvale Station by Ryan Coogler

A Certain Talent:  Diego Quemada-Diez for The Golden Cage

Parallel sections

Caméra d’Or: Ilo Ilo by Anthony Chen

Directors’ Fortnight

  • Art Cinema Award:  Me, Myself and Mum by Guillaume Gallienne
  • Prix SACD:  Me, Myself and Mum by Guillaume Gallienne
  • Europa Cinemas: The Selfish Giant by Clio Barnard
  • Premier Prix Illy for Short Filmmaking: A Wild Goose Chase by Joao Nicolau
  • Special Mention: About a Month by Andre Novais Oliveira

Independent Awards


  • In Competition: Blue Is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche
  • Un Certain Regard: Manuscripts Don’t Burn by Mohammad Rasoulof
  • Directors’ Fortnight: Blue Ruin by Jeremy Saulnier

Ecumenical Jury

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: The Past by Asghar Farhadi


  • Miele by Valeria Golino
  • Like Father, Like Son by Hirokazu Koreeda

Queer Palm Jury

Queer Palm Award: Stranger by the Lake by Alain Guiraudie

Palm Dog Jury

Palm Dog Award: Baby Boy in Behind the Candelabra