“I have a lot of suspense from the night, I understand, it was not on purpose,” said the director.
As with most award ceremonies, the Cannes Film Festival likes to prepare for the winner of its highest award, the Palme d’Or winner. Unfortunately, that was not the case with Spike Lee present.
“I have no excuses,” Lee, this year’s chairman of the jury, said at a press conference captured by Variety. “I ruined it.”
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He then tried to draw a sports analogy to compare his slip, adding: “I’m a huge sports fan. It’s like the guy at the end of the game at the foul line, he misses a free throw or a guy misses a kick. . “
Others might liken it to the Oscars of 2017 when “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the best movie about the actual winner, “Moonlight.” In this case at least, Lee just removed the suspense and announced the winner early, rather than gathering the wrong cast and crew on stage only to send and replace them.
Perhaps it was a language confusion, or Spike simply misunderstood his use of the French “first prize” to refer to the first prize of the night, rather than the first prize to be awarded that night, for Best Actor (Caleb Landry Jones, “Nitram”).
Instead, however, Lee was quick to blurt out that Julia Ducournau’s “Titane” had won the Palme d’Or, to the surprise and horror of her fellow panelists.
Hilariously, Spike almost did it again (although everyone already knew the winner thanks to his first mistake), according to Term.
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Taking the stage at the right time to announce the winner of the Palme, he said: “In 63 years of life I have learned that people have a second chance, this is my second chance. I apologize for making a mistake. It took a lot of suspense from the night, I understand, was not on purpose. “
But then he almost announced the winner again before the host of the night, French actress Doria Tillier, stopped him so Sharon Stone could come out and do what she was there to do … announce the Palme d’Or winner. .. that everyone already knew.
Perhaps Lee was excited that Ducournau is the second woman, and the first female solo artist, in history to win the honor, 28 years after the victory of “The Piano” and Jane Campion. That year, he shared top honors with Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine.”
Lee said the organization took the mistake well and told him to “forget it.” He later joked about it, talking about what an honor it was to be on the jury, as he pointed out. The Hollywood Reporter. “This year, especially after COVID-19. This is historic. Besides me, damn it, this is historic.”
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You can check out the full list of winners below:
Palme d’Or: “Titane”, Julia Ducournau
Big prize: “A Hero”, Asghar Farhadi and “Compartment No. 6”, Juho Kuosmanen
Best Director: Leos Carax, “Annette”
Best actress: Renate Reinsve, “The worst person in the world”
Best Actor: Caleb Landry Jones, “Nitram”
Jury Prize: “Memoria”, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and “Ahed’s Knee”, Nadav Lapid
Best screenplay: “Drive My Car”, Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Golden Camera: “Murina”, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic
Palme d’Or, Short film: “All the crows in the world (Tian Xai Wu Ya)”, Tang Yi
Special mention: “Ceu de Agosto”, Jasmine Tenucci
Honorary award: Marco Bellocchio