Steven Spielberg, Lincoln, set image

The official Twitter account of the Cannes Film Festival has announced that "Lincoln" director Steven Spielberg will be the head of the competition jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

Spielberg follows Nanni Morettii who headed the jury last year. He also notably marks the fifth American white male in the past ten years to head the jury after Robert DeNiro in 2011, Tim Burton in 2010, Sean Penn in 2008 and Quentin Tarantino in 2004.

Spielberg's directorial debut "The Sugarland Express" premiered at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Screenplay.

The festival runs May 15 to 26, 2013.