Who won the coveted Plame D’Or at Cannes this year?

We gave you our Plame D’Or predictions a couple of days ago, but today we spent the day in the cinema, catching up on those we had missed, so we had more to think about tonight as the stars walked the Red Steps in Cannes for the last time.
It turns out that our predictions for Palme D’Or were not too far wrong, we predicted three winners, albeit in the wrong categories. Here are the winners in full.

Palme D’Or – Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life

Camera D’Or – Pablo Georgelli for Las Acacias

Best Director – Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive

Best Actor – Jean Dujardin for The Artist

Best Actress – Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia

Best Screenplay – Joseph Cedar for Footnote

Grand Prix – Once Upon A Time In Anatolia

Grand Prix – The Kid With The Bike

Kirsten Dunst, in her acceptance speech, thanked director Lars Von Trier for “allowing me to be so brave” and the Directors of the Cannes Film Festival for “allowing the film to still be in competition”. Lars Von Trier was declared ‘persona non grata’ at the Festival after his controversial comments at the press conference for Melancholia.

We are delighted to see Jean Dujardin acknowledged for his work in The Artist, which was the breakout hit of the Festival. Dujardin danced for joy as he collected his award. The Tree of Life was an interesting choice for Palme D’Or as it polarised critics, but we think it was a deserved win for a stunning film. Drive was an interesting choice for Best Director but again, it was a fantastic film that was grippingly directed, so another deserved win.
So that’s the Cannes Film Festival over for another year. Thank you for staying with us throughout the Festival, and thanks to the people of Cannes and the organisers of the Festival for being so welcoming and looking after us so well. We will be back in 2012!

Words – Brogen Hayes