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Cannes 2009: Awards

Palm d’Or
Grand Prix
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actress
Best Actor
Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds
Jury Prize Ex-aequo
Fish Tank (Arnold)
Lifetime achievement
Palme d’Or – Short Film
Arena (Salaviza)
Un Certain Regard Prize
Dogtooth (Lanthimos)
Jury Prize – Un Certain Regard
Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize Ex-aequo
No One Knows About Persian Cats (Ghobadi)
Caméra d'or
Samson and Delilah (Thornton)
Caméra d'or – Special Distinction
Ajami (Copti)
It seems that the jury was too generous, spreading out the awards to half the main competition entries. I think whichever film wins the Palme d’Or should also be given the Best Director plum. Hanif Kureishi, a juror, said of Kinatay: I myself don’t want to watch it ever again.
The Best Screenplay award was for Feng Mei, not Lou. Lou accepted it on her behalf, which is probably why so many sources (even AFP!) are getting mixed up.
Thanks for the correction FancyNor, even the Cannes website screwed that up!
The Cannes Jury very rarely gives a film more than one prize. They are traditionally spread amongst the admired films both in Un Certain Regard and the main competition.
It’s not that rare, it’s happened in seven out of the past ten years. (And Un Certain Regard has a different jury.)

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