The romance that claimed the Palme d’Or is also a hit with critics.
“Blue is the Warmest Color,” Abdellatif Kechiche’s look at lovers Emma and Adele topped the Best Feature list, while co-stars Adele Exarchopolous and Lea Seydoux received top marks for Best Lead Performance and Best Supporting Performance, respectively. In addition to those two categories, we asked members of the Criticwire Network who made the trip to France this year to send in their picks in six other areas, including Best Director (a prize that also went to Kechiche), Best Supporting Performance, Best Ensemble, and Best First Feature.
The latest from the Coen Brothers also fared well in multiple categories, garnering high praise for lead Oscar Isaac and a pair of supporting cast members, Carey Mulligan and John Goodman. Although “The Past,” Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to “A Separation,” didn’t crack the upper echelon in the Best Feature finalists, performances from Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim and Ali Mosaffa placed it at the top of the Best Ensemble list.
“Behind the Candelabra,” a film that audiences beyond Cannes have already had an opportunity to watch for themselves on HBO, ranked highly in several categories. Rob Lowe’s supporting turn was just a few notched behind Seydoux and Kristin Scott Thomas (for “Only God Forgives“), while Michael Douglas landed in third place behind Exarchopolous and Isaac for Best Lead Performance.
In the First Feature section, a majority of critics who voted in the category went with Diego Quemada-Diez for “La jaula de oro,” a tense story of children trying to cross the US-Mexican border.
In addition to the traditional festival categories, we also invited our Criticwire members at Cannes to submit their picks for the best scenes from any of the films that were shown. Although “Inside Llewyn Davis” was mentioned more than any other film, critics singled out a variety of different scenes. Many of them centered on music, love and/or cats. You can see the details for yourself on each participating critic’s individual page. A list of participating critics can be found here and on the survey main page. To see individual ballots for a particular category, mouse over the individual scores for a list of critics who voted for that particular film.
And, while many critics try as they might, two weeks isn’t enough time to take in all the titles that Cannes has to offer. So, for some noteworthy titles, the anticipation factor still remains. A few of those films that have some critics still eager to see them? Alain Guiraudie’s “Stranger by the Lake” and Un Certain Regard prizewinner “The Missing Picture.”
For a list of all the winners (and to peruse top films from past surveys), check out the survey home here.