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Criticwire at Cannes: The Top Films and Performances Poll

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Criticwire May 29, 2012 at 12:58PM

"Amour" and "Holy Motors" close out Cannes as the Criticwire favorites, but what gangsters and singers also made the best of the festival lists? And which films drew both applause and disappointment?
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"Rust and Bone."
"Rust and Bone."

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

MichaƂ 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

This article is related to: Cannes Film Festival, Amour, Holy Motors , James Gandolfini, Ben Mendelsohn, Denis Lavant, Macy Gray, Cosmopolis, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Kristen Stewart


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