Criticwire at Cannes: The Top Films and Performances Poll

Criticwire at Cannes: The Top Films and Performances Poll

As the votes came in for the best film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Michael Haneke’s “Amour (Love)” and Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors” flipped back and forth between the top two slots. It’s only fitting that the pair of films ended up in a virtual deadlock for first place, with Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner edging out the competition by the slimmest of margins.

We also asked our Criticwire members at Cannes to rank their top lead and supporting performances. In both categories, actors and actresses from the top two films were prominently featured. The runaway winner for Best Lead Performance was “Holy Motors” star Denis Lavant, who garnered a first-place mention on over half the respondents’ ballots and three-quarters of the ones in which he was listed. As the elderly couple whose relationship forms the emotional core and a majority of the runtime of “Amour (Love),” Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva also received top acting honors. Riva even received enough mentions in both categories to top the Best Supporting list while finishing right behind Lavant and Trintignant as the third-highest Lead Performance.

In addition to listing their favorites, Criticwire members were also given the opportunity to name their most disappointing films of the festival. As a result, Cannes’ most polarizing offerings quickly bubbled to the top, with David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” leading the way.

But even some of the derided films found their champions. Out of the top ten “Most Disappointing” films, four of them also made the top ten Best Films list, with three receiving first-place votes in both categories.

Only two of the top ten Best Film finishers were from outside competition. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” continued its magical 2012 run, finishing fifth overall despite already receiving wide exposure at Sundance, where six of the critics who responded for Cannes also submitted ballots. Pablo Larraín’s “No” was the other non-competition film to place high, even though star Gael Garcia Bernal couldn’t quite crack the list of performers.

A few films that may not have fared well as overall products did get attention for their impressive ensembles. Five different actors received votes for their performances in “Killing Them Softly,” with James Gandolfini and Ben Mendelsohn only being edged out by Riva. “On the Road” also had received mentions for five of its castmembers, with Kristen Stewart earning a first-place vote for her turn as Marylou.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the Best Supporting performance category featured not one but two performances from actresses probably best known for their singing careers: Kylie Minogue in “Holy Motors” eked out a top ten finish, while Macy Gray’s performance in “The Paperboy” received multiple votes, but finished just outside the list. 

[Note: Scores for individual categories were tabulated on a simple weighted scale, with a first-place vote earning five points, second place earning 4 points, and so on. Critics could list fewer than five for a particular category or abstain from one altogether.]

(LEGEND: Film or Performance: Number of Mentions – (First-Place Votes) – Aggregate Score – Average Criticwire Grade)

BEST FILM

1. Amour (Love) – 20 – (10) – 82 – A-

2. Holy Motors – 21 – (8) – 81 – A-

3. Moonrise Kingdom – 12 – (0) – 30 – B+

4. Rust and Bone – 8 – (1) – 24 – B

5. Beasts of the Southern Wild – 6 – (2) – 22 – B+

6. No – 6 – (1) – 20 – A-

7. Mud – 4 – (1) – 14 – B-

8. Cosmopolis – 4 – (1) – 13 – B-

9. Beyond the Hills – 5 – (1) – 12 – B-

T10. Killing Them Softly – 4 – (0) – 10 – B

T10. Like Someone in Love – 3 – (0) – 10 – B-

Also Receiving First Place Votes: Post Tenebras Lux,” “Sightseers

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Cosmopolis – 10 – (4) – 35 – B-

2. On the Road – 11 – (3) – 34 – C+

3. Like Someone in Love – 7 – (3) – 30 – B-

4. The Paperboy – 9 – (4) – 29 – C-

5. Killing Them Softly – 7 – (1) – 20 – B

6. Beyond the Hills – 7 – (2) – 19 – B-

7. Mekong Hotel – 4 – (1) – 17 – B-

8. Reality – 4 – (1) – 17 – B-

9. Lawless – 6 – (1) – 16 – C+

10. After the Battle – 4 – (1) – 13 – C-

Also Receiving First Place Votes:Post Tenebras Lux,” “11.25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate,” “Dracula 3D,” “Paradise: Love,” “The Legend of Love & Sincerity

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, “Holy Motors” – 20 – (15) – 92

2. Jean-Louis Trintignant, “Amour (Love)” – 18 – (4) – 68

3. Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour (Love)” – 12 – (3) – 46

4. Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone” – 10 – (2) – 32

5. Mads Mikkelsen, “The Hunt (Jagten)” – 9 – (0) – 22

T6. Matthias Schoenaerts, “Rust and Bone” – 8 – (0) – 16

T6. Aniello Arena, “Reality” – 6 – (0) – 16

8. Émilie Dequenne, “Loving Without Reason” – 4 – (2) – 15 

9. Tye Sheridan, “Mud” – 5 – (1) – 14 

10. Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – 6 – (0) – 12 

Also Receiving First Place Votes: Alice Lowe/Steve Oram, “Sightseers”

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour (Love)” – 6 – (5) – 29

2. James Gandolfini, “Killing Them Softly” – 9 – (1) – 23

3. Ben Mendelsohn, “Killing Them Softly” – 6 – (1) – 18

4. Bruce Willis, “Moonrise Kingdom” – 5 – (1) – 15

T5. Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy” – 4 – (1) – 14

T5. Guy Pearce, “Lawless” – 4 – (0) – 14

T7. Kristen Stewart, “On the Road” – 4 – (1) – 11

T7. Scoot McNairy, “Killing Them Softly” – 4 – (0) – 11

T7. Kylie Minogue, “Holy Motors” – 4 – (0) – 11 

10. Jun-Sang Yu, “In Another Country” – 2 – (2) – 10 
 
Also Receiving First Place Votes: Edward Norton, “Moonrise Kingdom”; Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”; Niels Arestrup, “Loving Without Reason”; Alfredo Castro, “No”; Sarah Gadon, “Cosmopolis”; Adila Bendimerad, “El Taaib”; Bill Murray, “Moonrise Kingdom”; Edith Scob, “Holy Motors”; Cristina Flutur, “Beyond the Hills” 
 
Individual ballots from this year’s participants can be found on the following pages.
Kaleem Aftab, The Independent

BEST FEATURE

1. No

2. Amour (Love)

3. Holy Motors

4. Despues de Lucia

5. Killing Them Softly

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Lawless

2. Like Someone in Love

3. Confessions of a Child of a Century

4. On the Road

5. Rust and Bone

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

3. Gael Garcia Bernal, No

4. Tessa Ia, Despues de Lucia

5. Melvil Poupard / Suzanne Clement, Laurence Anyways

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Adila Bendimerad, El Taaib

2. Eva Mendes, Holy Motors

3. Scoot McNairy, Killing Them Softly

4. Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

5. Kylie Minogue, Holy Motors

Ryland Aldrich, Twitch

BEST FEATURE

1. Beasts of the Southern Wild

2. Killing Them Softly

3. Moonrise Kingdom

4. Reality

5. Paradise: Love

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. For Love’s Sake (The Legend of Love & Sincerity)

2. God’s Horses

3. Like Someone in Love

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

2. Aniello Arena, Reality

3. Margarete Tiesel, Paradise: Love

4. Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

5. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. James Gandolfini, Killing Them Softly

2. Ben Mendelsohn, Killing Them Softly

3. Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom

Raffi Asdourian, The Film Stage

COMMENTS: From Haneke’s heart-wrenching ‘Amour’ to Kiarostami’s subdued ‘Someone in Love,’ this year’s Cannes lineup was full of surprises and seemed to have bit of everything for everyone. The strong presence of American films reverberated through the palais, despite being more uneven than others in competition. In addition, some films in the director fortnight like Pablo Lorrain’s ‘No’ and Ben Wheatley’s ‘Sightseers’ were definite high points in the fest. Another big highlight were the interludes of intense surrealism from Carax with ‘Holy Motors’ and Reygadas with ‘Post Tenebras Lux’. This year’s festival had a few more lulls than last year, but when films were great they were really great.

BEST FEATURE

1. Amour (Love)

2. Like Someone in Love

3. Holy Motors

4. Killing Them Softly

5. Reality

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. The Paperboy

2. Mekong Hotel

3. On the Road

4. Cosmopolis

5. Beyond the Hills

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Jean-Louis Trintignant/Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

2. Aniello Arena, Reality

3. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

4. Tye Sheridan, Mud

5. Rin Takashi, Like Someone in Love

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

2. Guy Pearce, Lawless

3. Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom

4. Tadashi Okuno, Like Someone in Love

5. James Gandolfini, Killing Them Softly

Anna Bielak, Smells Like Screen Spirit

BEST FEATURE

1. Holy Motors

2. Amour (Love)

3. The Angels’ Share

4. Mud

5. Paradise: Love

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Cosmopolis

2. Lawless

3. Rust and Bone

4. Killing Them Softly

5. Post Tenebras Lux

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Matthew McConaughey, Mud

3. Cosmina Stratan/Cristina Flutur, Beyond the Hill

4. Jared Gilman/Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom

5. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

2. Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

3. Macy Gray, The Paperboy

4. Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom

5. Kristen Stewart, On the Road

Alex Billington, First Showing

COMMENTS: While I still feel the selection from 2011 was better overall, it was another excellent year in Cannes with many great discoveries and fantastic films. The ones that ended up surprising me and that I loved the most came from filmmakers I didn’t expect to love, and were very unique works of cinema. I can’t wait to return next year, but I’m also very anxious to see where many films from this year go.

BEST FEATURE

1. Mud

2. Rust and Bone

3. Holy Motors

4. Like Someone in Love

5. Laurence Anyways

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Cosmopolis

2. On the Road

3. The We and the I

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Tye Sheridan, Mud

3. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

4. Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

5. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

Mike D’Angelo, The AV Club

BEST FEATURE

1. Holy Motors

2. Amour

3. Moonrise Kingdom

4. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!

5. No

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Like Someone in Love

2. Mekong Hotel

3. Post Tenebras Lux

4. In Another Country

5. Laurence Anyways

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Suzanne Clement, Laurence Anyways

3. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

4. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

5. Paul Brannigan, The Angel’s Share

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Sarah Gadon, Cosmopolis

2. Garrett Hedlund, On the Road

3. Scoot McNairy, Killing Them Softly

4. Ben Mendelsohn, Killing Them Softly

5. Macy Gray, The Paperboy

David Fear, Time Out NY

BEST FEATURE

1. Amour (Love)

2. No

3. Cosmopolis

4. Post Tenebras Lux

5. Holy Motors

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. The Paperboy

2. Me and You (Moi et Toi)

3. The Hunt

4. Mud

5. On the Road

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

3. Gael Garcia Bernal, No

4. Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

5. Benoit Poelvoorde, Le Grand Soir

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Alfredo Castro, No

2. James Gandolfini, Killing Them Softly

3. Tom Hardy, Lawless

4. Edith Scob, Holy Motors

5. Albert Dupontel, Le Grande Soir

Jon Frosch, The Atlantic

BEST FEATURE

1. Amour (Love)

2. Holy Motors

3. Moonrise Kingdom

4. The Paperboy

5. Rust and Bone

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Cosmopolis

2. Reality

3. After the Battle

4. Mud

5. Beyond the Hills

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

2. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

3. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

4. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

5. Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Cristina Flutur, Beyond the Hills

2. Tom Sturridge, On the Road

3. Kristen Stewart, On the Road

4. Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom

5. Macy Gray, The Paperboy

Clémentine Gallot, Cahiers du Cinema

BEST FEATURE

1. Holy Motors

2. Mud

3. Cosmopolis

4. Moonrise Kingdom

5. Beyond the Hills

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Paradise: Love

2. Reality

3. The Paperboy

4. The Taste of Money

5. Rust and Bone

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Jean-Louis Trintignant/Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

3. Robert Pattinson, Cosmopolis

4. Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom

5. Sam Riley, On the Road

Michael Ghennam, Les Fiches du Cinéma

BEST FEATURE

1. Amour (Love)

2. Holy Motors

3. Mud

4. Beasts of the Southern Wild

5. Beyond the Hills

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Dracula 3D

2. 11.25 The Day He Chose His Fate

3. On the Road

4. Final Cut

5. Maniac

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

3. Émilie Dequenne, Loving Without Reason

4. Caleb Landry Jones, Antiviral

5. Cosmina Stratan, Beyond the Hills

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

2. Cristina Flutur, Beyond the Hills

3. Kang-woo Kim, The Taste of Money

4. Niels Arestrup, Loving Without Reason

5. Jérémie Renier, Elefante blanco (White Elephant)

Patrick Heidmann, Cineman

BEST FEATURE

1. Amour (Love)

2. Beasts of the Southern Wild

3. The Hunt

4. Rust and Bone

5. The Paperboy

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Reality

2. Polluting Paradise (Müll im Garten Eden)

3. Cosmopolis

4. On the Road

5. Lawless

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

2. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

3. Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

4. Emilie Dequenne, Loving Without Reason

5. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

2. Thomas Bo Larsen, The Hunt

3. Nathalie Baye, Laurence Anyways

4. Kristen Stewart, On the Road

5. John Henshaw, The Angels’ Share

Eugene Hernandez, Film Society of Lincoln Center

BEST FEATURE

1. Amour (Love)

2. Holy Motors

3. Laurence Anyways

4. Reality

5. The Paperboy

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. After The Battle

2. Killing Them Softly

3. The Hunt (Jagten)

4. Rust and Bone

5. Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Tye Sheridan, Mud

2. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

3. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

4. Aniello Arena, Reality

5. Suzanne Clément, Laurence Anyways

Aaron Hillis, GreenCine Daily

BEST FEATURE

1. Holy Motors

2. Moonrise Kingdom

3. Rust and Bone

4. Cosmopolis

5. Amour (Love)

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. On the Road

2. Mekong Hotel

3. Lawless

4. Killing Them Softly

5. The Paperboy

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Levant, Holy Motors

2. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

3. Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

4. Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

5. Margarethe Tiesel, Paradise: Love

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Jun-sang Yu, In Another Country

2. Guy Pearce, Lawless

3. Kylie Minogue, Holy Motors

4. David Oyelowo, The Paperboy

5. Viggo Mortensen, On the Road

HONORABLE MENTION (THE NEXT FIVE): Sightseers, Room 237, Ernest & Celestine, In Another Country, Gimme the Loot

Peter Howell, The Toronto Star

COMMENTS: A good, but not great year.  It will be remembered as the year Holy Motors revved its engines on the Croisette.

BEST FEATURE

1.  Holy Motors

2.  Amour (Love)

3.  Beyond the Hills

4. Moonrise Kingdom

5.  The Hunt

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1.  Like Someone In Love

2.  You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!

3.  In Another Country

4.  The Paperboy

5.  The Taste of Money

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1.  Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2.  Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

3.  Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

4.  Jared Gilman, Moonrise Kingdom

5.  Cristina Flutur, Beyond the Hills

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1.  Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

2.  Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom

3.  Cosmina Stratan, Beyond the Hills

4.  Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

5.  Viggo Mortensen, On the Road

Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago

BEST FEATURE

1. Beyond the Hills

2. Like Someone in Love

3. Moonrise Kingdom

4. Amour (Love)

5. Holy Motors

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Killing Them Softly

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Jean-Louis Trintingnant, Amour (Love)

2. Suzanne Clément, Laurence Anyways

3. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

4. Cosmina Stratan, Beyond the Hills

5. Aniello Arena, Reality

Robert Koehler, Film Critic/Programmer

BEST FEATURE

1. Post Tenebras Lux

2. Holy Motors

3. Manhã de Santo António (short)

4. Hold Back (Rengaine)

5. Mekong Hotel

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Beyond the Hills

2. Cosmopolis

3. Mystery

4. White Elephant

5. 11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

3. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

4. Tye Sheridan, Mud

Eric Kohn, Indiewire

COMMENTS: Expectations were impossibly high this year and so a number of world class auteurs failed to deliver the masterpieces expected of them. But my own top five list reflects an ample mixture of quality from veterans (Haneke, Carax, Garrone) and rising stars (Larraín, Wheatley). That’s enough to keep Cannes relevant.

BEST FEATURE

1. Amour (Love)

2. Holy Motors

3. No

4. Sightseers

5. Reality

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. The Paperboy

2. Polluting Paradise

3. The Sapphires

4. Me and You

5. Beyond the Hills

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

3. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

4. Gael Garcia Bernal, No

5. Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Edith Scob, Holy Motors

2. Paul Giamatti, Cosmopolis

3. Scoot McNairy, Killing Them Softly

4. Kristen Stewart, On the Road

5. Alfredo Castro, No

Manolis Kranakis, Flix

In general, a festival made out of great contradictions, combining films that were let downs (On the Road, Cosmopolis, The Paperboy) and films that turned out to be almost masterpieces (Amour, The Hunt, Rust and Bone, In the Fog). Above all, we’ll all remember this as the the festival where Leos Carax was back with a vengeance with the best film of the whole festival and probably one of the best of the year and the years to come!

BEST FEATURE

1. Holy Motors

2. Amour (Love)

3. In the Fog

4. Rust and Bone

5. The Hunt

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Cosmopolis

2. Reality

3. On the Road

4. The Paperboy

5. Post Tenebras Lux

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

2. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

3. Jean Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

4. Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Emmanuel Riva, Amour (Love)

2. Kylie Minogue, Holy Motors

3. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

4. William Ruane, The Angel’s Share

5. Matthew McConaughey, The Paperboy

Guy Lodge, Hitfix

BEST FEATURE

1. Holy Motors

2. No

3. Rust and Bone

4. Ernest and Celestine

5. Amour (Love)

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Post Tenebras Lux

2. Like Someone in Love

3. Mud

4. In the Fog

5. Cosmopolis

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Chris O’Dowd, The Sapphires

3. Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

4. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

5. Margarethe Tiesel, Paradise: Love

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Ben Mendelsohn, Killing Them Softly

2. Macy Gray, The Paperboy

3. Kylie Minogue, Holy Motors

4. Alfredo Castro, No

5. James Gandolfini, Killing Them Softly

Poly Lykourgou, Flix

BEST FEATURE

1. Amour (Love)

2. Holy Motors

3. Moonrise Kingdom

4. Beyond the Hills

5. Post Tenebras Lux

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. On the Road

2. Like Someone in Love

3. Cosmopolis

4. Paradise: Love

5. Killing Them Softly

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Jean-Louis Trintignant/Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

3. Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

4. Marion Cotillard / Matthias Schoenaets, Rust and Bone

5. Tadashi Okuno, Like Someone in Love

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Bruce Willis/Edward Norton, Moonrise Kingdom

2. Tye Sheridan/Jacob Lofland, Mud

3. Tom Sturridge, On the Road

4. Shia Labeouf, Lawless

5. James Gandolfini, Killing Them Softly

Michał Oleszczyk, Hammer to Nail

COMMENTS: My comments on the final verdict can be found here.

BEST FEATURE

1. Amour (Love)

2. Holy Motors

3. In Another Country

4. Moonrise Kingdom

5. Reality

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. On the Road

2. The Taste of Money

3. After the Battle

4. Rust and Bone

5. Post Tenebras Lux

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

3. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

4. Isabelle Huppert, In Another Country

5. Aniello Arena, Reality

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Bill Murray, Moonrise Kingdom

2. Isabelle Huppert, Amour (Love)

3. Paul Giamatti, Cosmopolis

4. James Gandolfini, Killing Them Softly

5. Ryo Kase, Like Someone in Love

David Poland, Movie City News

BEST FEATURE

1. Amour (Love)

2. Rust and Bone

3. Killing Them Softly

4. Despues de Lucia

5. Moonrise Kingdom

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Beyond The Hills

2. Student

3. Dracula 3D

4. After The Battle

5. Laurence Always

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

2. Tessa Ia, Despues de Lucia

3. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

4. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

5. Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

2. Guy Pearce, Lawless

3. James Gandolfini, Killing Them Softly

4. Jason Clarke, Lawless

5. Ben Mendelsohn, Killing Them Softly

Anna Tatarska, Fandor/KINO

BEST FEATURE

1. Holy Motors

2. Broken

3. Beasts of the Southern Wild

4. Paradise: Love

5. Post Tenebras Lux

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. 11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate

2. God’s Neighbours

3. Beyond the Hills

4. Cosmopolis

5. The Paperboy

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

2. Melvil Poupaud, Laurence Anyways

3. Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

4. Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

5. Garrett Hedlund, On the Road

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

2. Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild

3. Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

4. Scoot McNairy, Killing Them Softly

5. Tom Sturridge, On the Road

Amy Taubin, Film Comment

COMMENTS: “Cosmopolis” is a masterpiece, the most fully formed and realized film Cronenberg has made, and like “Videodrome” a film about transformation of what think of as human beings. The negative criticism sounds the same as what was leveled at ‘2001″when it was first released. There were a half dozen or so other very interesting movies, but in general a treading water year.

BEST FEATURE

1. Cosmopolis

2. Amour (Love)

3. Beasts of the Southern Wild

4. Holy Motors

5. Loving Without Reason

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Émilie Dequenne, Loving Without Reason

2. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

3. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

4. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

5. Mathieu Almaric, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

Anne Thompson, Thompson on Hollywood

COMMENTS: It was a weaker than usual festival favoring, as usual, established auteurs, only some of whom delivered competitive films; the most exciting material came from younger filmmakers.

BEST FEATURE

1. Beasts of the Southern Wild

2. Amour (Love)

3. No

4. Moonrise Kingdom

5. Sightseers

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. The Paperboy

2. Killing Them Softly

3. Polluting Paradise

4. The Central Park Five

5. Lawless

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (Love)

2. Jean Louis Trintignant, Amour (Love)

3. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

4. Gael Garcia Bernal, No

5. Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Kristen Stewart, On the Road

2. Chris O’Dowd, The Sapphires

3. Ben Mendelsohn, Killing Them Softly

4. James Gandolfini, Killing Them Softly

5. John Cusack, The Paperboy

Sarah Watt, Sunday Star Times – New Zealand

BEST FEATURE

1. Rust and Bone

2. Loving Without Reason

3. Woody Allen: A Documentary

4. Reality

5. Lawless

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Like Someone in Love

2. The Central Park Five

3. In The Fog

4. Killing Them Softly

5. On The Road

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Émilie Dequenne, Loving Without Reason

2. Aniello Arena, Reality

3. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

4. Tahar Rahim, Loving Without Reason

5. Tye Sheridan, Mud

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Niels Arestrup, Loving Without Reason

2. Tom Hardy, Lawless

3. Ben Mendelsohn, Killing Them Softly

4. Guy Pearce, Lawless

5. Richard Jenkins, Killing Them Softly

Neil Young, Film Lounge

BEST FEATURE

1. Sightseers

2. Augustine

3. Hold Back (Rengaine)

4. Moonrise Kingdom

5. La Playa DC

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. Mekong Hotel

2. Antiviral

3. Beyond the Hills

4. Lawless

5. Post Tenebras Lux

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

T1. Alice Lowe, Sightseers

T1. Steve Oram, Sightseers

T3. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone

T3. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

5. Quvenzhainé Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Jun-sang Yu, In Another Country

2. James Gandolfini, Killing Them Softly

3. Edward Norton, Moonrise Kingdom

4. Dana Tapalaga, Beyond the Hills

5. Eileen Davies, Sightseers

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Comments

Jordan Mintzer

With the exception of Pablo Larrain's "No," I find it rather disappointing that this poll hardly bothers to mention or rate films that screened in the Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week sidebars. How can one offer an opinion or wrap-up of Cannes by only covering the Official Selection and practically ignorning the other sections entirely? Haneke, Carax, Audiard, Reygadas, Weerasethakul, Nichols, Dolan and Loach all premiered their earliest works in either the DF or CW, and it's unfortunate that the critics surveyed here seemed to limit their coverage to the tenured auteurs of the Official Selection rather than seeking out those of the next generation at the Palais Stephanie or the Miramar…

ligya

mi mi mi mi mi mi mi mi Robert Pattinson
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carol

Falta robert pattinson , su trabajo fue espectacular!

MDL

It's because critics are sheep too. Consensus is often built within a critical enclave that becomes a consensus because they say it is.

Elaine

I honestly do not understand how there are not more mentions of Pattinson. He did a superb job.

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