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Criticwire at Cannes: The Top Films and Performances Poll

Festivals
by Steve Greene
May 29, 2012 12:58 PM
7 Comments
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"Beasts of the Southern Wild."

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

7 Comments

  • Jordan Mintzer | June 12, 2012 11:16 AMReply

    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 | June 10, 2012 2:50 PMReply

    mi mi mi mi mi mi mi mi Robert Pattinson
    mimimimmimmimimimimimi robert Pattinson

  • carol | June 1, 2012 11:57 AMReply

    Falta robert pattinson , su trabajo fue espectacular!

  • MDL | May 29, 2012 11:39 PMReply

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

  • d | June 3, 2012 4:42 AM

    What? Um, no one here said he was bad, nor did anyone say that that was the consensus. In fact, I know of several critics who thought he was quite good. As you can see, there's no consensus at all regarding Cosmopolis. Some found it disappointing, others put it in their top 5. Just because your favorite actor didn't happen to make it into any top 5 performance lists doesn't mean they all decided he was bad, just that they liked 5 other performances they saw at the festival a little better.

  • betty b | May 30, 2012 12:42 AM

    Ditto to the 10th Power !

  • Elaine | May 29, 2012 3:09 PMReply

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

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