Cannes 2012: Jury Prizes Awarded 


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
Staff editor Aly Semigran is a New York City native who grew up in Philadelphia and spent the better part of her youth trying to figure out what the Philly Phanatic was (an anteater?), quoting 'The Simpsons,' and learning all about movies from her dad. After graduating from Temple University, where she studied journalism, she moved back to NYC and began her career as a freelance entertainment journalist. Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia City Paper,, and She is thrilled to be a part of the team and she is still quoting 'The Simpsons.' ('I'm Idaho!')