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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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"Beasts of the Southern Wild."
"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

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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