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The Square wins the Palme D’Or and Nicole Kidman gets a special award at Cannes

The Square

Early today, Pedro Almodóvar and his Cannes jury announced the winners at the film festival’s annual awards ceremony, but since it wouldn’t be the Cannes awards without some surprises, they threw in a couple of bonus awards just for fun. Specifically, Nicole Kidman was awarded a special prize simply for ubiquity, with her appearing in four projects: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, The Beguiled, the second season of Top Of The Lake, and the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties. The other bonus came in the screenplay category, with the jury giving the award to both The Killing Of A Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here in a rare tie.

The Best Actress prize went to Diane Kruger for In The Fade, Best Actor went to Joaquin Phoenix for You Were Never Really Here, and Best Director went to Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled. For the bigger awards, Russian director Andrey Svyagintsev’s Loveless won the Jury Prize, Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute) won the Grand Prix, and the coveted Palme D’Or went to Ruben Östlund’s satire The Square—a reportedly divisive film that The A.V. Club’s own A.A. Dowd said was one of his favorites at Cannes.


You can read more of Dowd’s thoughts in his Cannes write-up here, and you can see the winners of the other prizes at Variety.

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