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These Pictures Will Establish Why Cannes Premier And Academy Awards Go Hand In Hand

Abhishek Srivastava - 79 weeks ago

Films premiering at Cannes Film Festival have now become a precursor to the Academy Awards. In the past few years most of the films which either managed Academy Awards nomination or went on to win the most coveted trophy in the world of cinema saw their premier at the Cannes Film Festival.

In the history of Cannes Film Festival there have been as many as 16 instances when the winner of the coveted Palme d’Or went on to lay its hands upon the Best Film Oscar. But Best Film Oscar apart, there have also been films, premiered at Cannes, which despite not winning the coveted Palme d’Or went further ahead and showed their prowess at the Academy Award. 

(Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Martin Landau during the premier of Ed Wood in 1995 (Image courtesy - Cannes Film Festival)

The biographical comedy drama centering around the life of director Ed Wood was nominated in two categories during the Academy Awards of 1995. While the first Oscar went to Martin Landau, the second was won by the film’s make-up team. 

(Joel Coen, Frances McDormand and Ethan Coen walk the red carpet for the premier of Fargo during the 1996 Cannes Film Festival (Image courtesy - Cannes Film Festival)

Fargo sealed the reputation of Frances McDormand’s acting caliber after having delivered some memorable performances in films like Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing and Short Cuts in the past. It not only helped fetch McDormand an Oscar for Best Actress, Coen Brothers writing skills proved superior compared to other nominees. 

(Danny DeVito interacts with photgraphers during the premier of LA Confidential in 1997 (Image courtesy - Cannes Film Festival)

The presence of heavyweights like Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Danny DeVito in a film can only be equated with a blockbuster and LA Confidential only reinforced the belief. The film was nominated in nine categories and took home the trophy in two. Kim Basinger in her entire career has been nominated just once for the Oscar and she proved lucky the very first time. 

(Sergi Lopez and Guillermo del Toro in a playful mood during the permier of Pan's Labyrinth at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival (Image courtesy - Cannes Film Festival)

Despite being a Mexican film, Pan’s Labyrinth, landed nominations in five mainstream categories during the 2007 Oscar. The dark fantasy drama which had the Spanish Civil War as its backdrop was a familiar territory for Guillermo del Toro and the film took home three awards. 

(Josh Brolin, Kelly Macdonald and Javier Bardem pose for photographers during a photo-op for No Country For Old Men premier in 2007 (Image courtesy - Cannes Film Festival)

No Country For Old Men was nominated in eight categories and won awards in four. The cherry on the cake was Oscar for best film which was jointly shared by Ethan, Joel and Scott Rudin. This was also the year when Roger Deakins (ace cinematographer who has fourteen Academy Awards nominations to his credit and managed to win his first in 2017 for Blade Runner 2049) was again ignored. No Country For Old Men could also be dubbed an exception as the film won the Best Film at the Oscars despite just being a nominee for the Palme d’Or. 

(The team of Inglorious Basterds during the red carpet premier of the film in 2009 (Image courtesy - Cannes Film Festival)

The saga of the plot by Jewish US soldiers to assassinate Nazi leaders was an outright winner when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Christoph Waltz’s histrionics in Inglorious Basterds was a once in a lifetime performance. In the end Waltz remained the sole winner despite eight nominations of the film. 

(Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo during the premier of The Artist in 2011 (Image courtesy - Cannes Film Festival)

It was a wait of 18 years for a black and white film to lay its hands upon the Best Film Oscar after Schindler’s List in 1993. Ten nominations and five wins say a lot about The Artist. From the top six awards, The Artist took home the trophy for best film, best actor and best director. 


Cannes Film Festival / Academy Awards / Oscars / Fargo / Ed Wood / LA Confidential / Pan's Labyrinth / No Country For Old Men / Inglorious Basterds / The Artist

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