by Rob Boylan
You can tell a lot about who won by who shows up to the ceremony. If you don't think you're going to win there is no reason to stick around. Alexander Payne (Nebraska), Asgar Farhadi (The Past) and director Abdellatif Kechiche and actors Lea Soydeux and Adèle Exarchopoulos from Blue is the Warmest Color are all on the red carpet right now. It is likely that all three films will be winners tonight (though, usually, films don't win more than once). Paolo Sorrentino and the Coens are noticeably absent.
So, it's been about a half hour since I wrote that last graph and the ceremony is over, the winners announced. It's not surprising that Bruce Dern won Best Actor for Nebraska (Payne accepted), Berenice Bejo won Best Actress for The Past and that Blue is the Warmest Color won the coveted Palme d'Or. Sorrentino was shut out on the night, though the Coen Bros' Inside Llewyn Davis won the Grand Prix. Koreeda's Like Father, Like Son won the jury prize, which I'm happy about, Best Screenplay went to Jia Jhangke for A Touch of Sin and Heli director Amat Escalante won best director.
Having not seen it, I can't really say much about Blue is the Warmest Color, but there is a bit of cynicism rolling around out there that the only reason it won Palme d'Or was for it's 20 minute long lesbian sex scene that "older males" liked. Somehow, I can't see Steven Spielberg sitting on the edge of his seat hiding a woody while filling out his jury ballot -- and anyway, four of the eight other jurors were women, so that logic doesn't really wash. To say, also, that no one would go for the film if it were about gay guys instead, I would say that Brokeback Mountain and Weekend were extremely well liked and award winning films, so that logic doesn't really wash either.
Do people want to watch Lea Soydeux have sex with another girl? Yes, I'm sure. But that doesn't mean it's not also a great film -- and it's a three hour film, so would you really ignore 2 hours and 40 minutes because of a sex scene? Was Magic Mike a great film, or did people just want to watch Channing Tatum strip? What about 300? To get caught up in all of that other stuff is just nonsense and it doesn't serve the films at all.
News, links, etc:
-The early awards at Cannes: the FIPRESCI (critics) Prize went to Blue is the Warmest Color, Manuscripts Don't Burn and Blue Ruin. (Variety)
-The long out of print 96 page Making of 2001: A Space Odyssey. You should probably read this. (Cinephilia and Beyond)
-Angie Han thinks Fast Six can teach Star Trek a thing or two about half-naked ladies. She's right. (/Film)
-That Jesus Quintana spinoff from The Big Lebowski? Yeah, it's not going to happen. (The Toronto Star)
-Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach on Frances Ha, which opens the Enzian on Friday. (@TheAcademy)
-Kim Morgan kills it on he appraisal of Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank. (SunsetGun)
-Chaz Ebert on her first Cannes without Roger. (Vulture)
-Harpo Marx... speaks. (Movies.com)
-Matt Groening gives up a (mostly unsurprsing) tidbit about where the Simpsons might live in a long interview with the Smithsonian this month. (Smithsonian Magazine)
-Black Rock director Katie Aselton on making the jump from mumblecore films like The Puffy Chair to revenge thrillers. Black Rock, starring Aselton, Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell is out now on VOD. (AV Club)
-Does the idea of Francis Ford Coppola making another epic -- no matter the story -- worry anyone else after his last three films? (The Film Stage)
-A Q&A with filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins about his new documentary, A Story of Children and Film, which focuses on how childhood is depicted on film. (Film4)
Trailers, posters, etc:
-Two clips from the newest Palme d'Or winner, Blue is the Warmest Color, starring Lea Seydoux. (Awards Daily)
-The first trailer for Metallica's Through the Never, with Dane DeHaan. (Yahoo)
-Claire Danes, James Marsden and Sara Bolger in As Cool as I Am. (The Wrap)
-That's Larry David under all of that hair in the teaser trailer for the new HBO movie Clear History. (The Wrap)
-A new red-band trailer for This is the End, with Franco, Rogan, Hill et al. (Yahoo)
-JC Chandor's All is Lost, featuring Robert Redford. (CriterionCast)