With Amour taking the Palme d’Or yesterday, another Cannes FIlm Festival was put to rest. As the dust settles, it’s now a little clearer how this year’s Cannes will factor into the Oscar race. While there doesn’t appear to be three Best Picture films in this lineup, there are several highly regarded films that could make some voice with the Academy this year. Check out the contenders after the jump.
Beasts of the Southern Wild for Picture, Actress (Quevenzhane Wallis), Cinematography, and Original Screenplay: The train is starting to gain steam. It won not only the FIPRESCI, given by the International Federation of Film Critics, but the Camera d’Or, which means more than just critics are enjoying this movie. With the power of Fox Searchlight behind it you can be sure it will get the above four nominations, with a win highly likely for the screenplay category.
Marion Cotillard for Best Actress: She earned raves for this role as a killer whale trainer who loses the ability to walk. Sony Pictures Classic is handling the release so you know they will push her hard.
Amour and Rust & Bone for Foreign Language Film: It looks to be Haneke and Auidard rd 2 for Best Foregin Language Film. Haneke’s film picked up the Palme d’Or, and though Rust & Bone was shut out, it still has the star power of Cotillard and Oscar winning director Auidard.
No, Beyond the Hills, Holy Motors, or The Hunt for Foreign Language Film: Both were highly regarded by critics. Wouldn’t it be strange that we could have 5 foreign language Oscar nominees coming from Cannes?
Amour for Original Screenplay: This film will surely play well with the Academy and we saw last year with A Separation they’ll nominate the screenplay for a highly regarded foreign film.
Eric Gautier (On the Road) for Best Cinematography: While the film didn’t exactly light the world on fire, many critics have singled out the cinematography of this road trip film.
Best Picture: Amour, Lawless, Killing Them Softly
Best Director: Michael Haneke and Behn Zeitlin
Best Actor: Brad Pitt (Killing Them Softly), Jean-Louis Trintignant (Amour), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust & Bone)
Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
Best Supporting Actor: Garrett Hedlund (On the Road)
Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart (On the Road) and Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)