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by Nigel M Smith
December 25, 2013 5:02 PM
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Awards Spotlight: Adèle Exarchopoulos, the Newcomer Who Made History at Cannes

Adèle Exarchopoulos in Toronto. TIFF

At 19, Adèle Exarchopoulos made history at the Cannes Film Festival.

Every year, Cannes awards its highest honor, the Palme d’Or, to the director of the winning film. This year, jury president Steven Spielberg switched up the game by not only awarding the award to “Blue is the Warmest Color” director Abdellatif Kechiche, but also to the film’s two stars -- Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. That’s how unforgettable Exarchopoulos is in her first lead role onscreen.

To read our full Awards Season Spotlight of Exarchopoulos, now 20, head over HERE. There you'll also find an original portrait of the actress.

Exarchopoulos is among the 16 actors and directors we're featuring over the next eight weeks with original photography by Daniel Bergeron and video shot by our partners at Movies On Demand.

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  • Dan | December 26, 2013 8:46 AMReply

    Um isn't she only 20? And 19 when she won the Palme d’Or?

  • Pedro | December 25, 2013 11:43 PMReply

    She is amazing! Gotta be nominated for Baftas and Oscars.

  • Ashley | December 26, 2013 9:20 AM

    "Exarchopoulos, especially, carries the film from moment to moment, transforming before our eyes from a lost teenager, guileless and frighteningly exposed, into a wounded but resilient young woman unafraid to put herself on the line—and walk alone if she has to. The actress takes us on a journey, pulling us in, making us see the world through her character’s tear-stung eyes, and, finally, burrowing her way into our hearts. If that’s not an “Oscar-worthy” feat, nothing is." - The Atlantic