Director Michael Haneke‘s drama Amour took the top prize, the Palme d’Or at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival, according the The Hollywood Reporter. Amour, which became a critical favorite for its tender portrayal of a marriage between an elderly couple marks the second time Haneke has claimed the prestigious honor at the important French festival, the first time back in 2009 for his film White Ribbon. Taking the stage alongside his Amour‘s stars Jean-Louis Trintigant and Emmanuelle Riva (pictured) Haneke thanked his wife at the awards ceremony, THR reports.
Upcoming Thor 2 villain Mads Mikkelsen had reason to be thankful, too. The Danish actor was rewarded with the Best Actor prize for his performance as man falsely accused of sexually abusing a child in The Hunt and called his win “a big surprise.” In the Best Actress category, Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur tied for their work in Beyond the Hills, a drama about a nun and her former lover.
Here is the complete list of the Main Jury Prize winners from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival:
Palme d’Or: Amour (Michael Haneke)
Grand Prix: Reality (Matteo Garrone)
Director: Carlos Reygadas, Post tenebras, lux
Jury Prize: The Angels’ Share (Ken Loach)
Actor: Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt
Actress: (Tie) Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan, Beyond the Hills
Screenplay: Cristian Mungiu, Beyond the Hills
The 2012 Cannes Film Festival concludes May 27. To recap the festival, check out all our Cannes Chatter.