With a little preventive help from the chairman of the jury, Spike Lee, the Cannes Film Festival has announced the provocative film by director Julia Ducournau. Titans as a 2021 Palme d’Or winner. To see photos of each Palme d’Or winning film, click here or on the image above.
The festival first delivered its highest honor in 1939, but the award has not always been called the Palme d’Or, nor has it always been awarded to a single film.
Originally the award was dubbed “Grand Prix du Festival Internationale du Film”, a mouthful of a nickname with a little less sparkle than “Palme d’Or”.
In the years since the award’s inception, Cannes has come and gone between the two nominations. The first prize was called Palme d’Or in 1955, when Delbert Mann Marty took the honor. Then in 1964 it became the Grand Prix again before finally establishing itself as the Palme d’Or, which has been its name for the past 45 years.
While the festival’s main prize was first awarded 62 years ago, there are not even 62 winners. Some years, like 2020, Cannes was canceled, so the highest honor was not awarded. The reasons for canceling the festival have varied over the decades, from a pandemic (in 2020), to World War II (1940-1945), to the May 1968 movement (1968), to internal budget problems (1948). and 1950).
Other years, the jury’s votes were tied, resulting in more than one film receiving the award. Still other years, the jury awarded the first trophy in different categories, such as Disney. Dumbo for Best Animation Design in 1947. Several major awards were also handed out in 1946-11, to be exact, after the festival had gotten dark during the war.
Click here or on the photo above for a visual journey through the 98 films that have received Cannes’ highest honor.