|Presented by||Festival International du Film de Cannes|
|First awarded||1955 (awarded to Marty )|
|Currently held by||Titane (2021)|
The Palme d'Or (French pronunciation: [palm(ə) dɔʁ] ; English: Golden Palm) is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. It was introduced in 1955 by the festival's organizing committee. Previously, from 1939 to 1954, the highest prize at the festival was the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film. In 1964, The Palme d'Or was replaced again by the Grand Prix, before being reintroduced in 1975.
The Palme d'Or is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in the film industry.
In 1954, the festival decided to present an award annually, titled the Grand Prix of the International Film Festival, with a new design each year from a contemporary artist. The festival's board of directors invited several jewellers to submit designs for a palm, in tribute to the coat of arms of the city of Cannes evoking the famous legend of Saint Honorat and the palm trees lining the famous Promenade de la Croisette.The original design by Parisian jeweller Lucienne Lazon, who took inspiration in a sketch done by legendary director Jean Cocteau, had the bevelled lower extremity of the stalk forming a heart, and the pedestal a sculpture in terracotta by the artist Sébastien.
In 1955, the first Palme d'Or was awarded to Delbert Mann for the film Marty . From 1964 to 1974, the Festival temporarily resumed a Grand Prix.In 1975, the Palme d'Or was reintroduced and has since remained the symbol of the Cannes Film Festival, awarded every year to the director of the winning film, and was then presented in a case of pure red Morocco leather lined with white suede.
As of 2021, Jane Campion and Julia Ducournau are the only female directors to have won the Palme d'Or, for their work on The Piano and Titane , respectively. However, in 2013, when Blue Is the Warmest Color won the Palme d'Or, the Steven Spielberg-headed jury awarded it to the film's director Abdellatif Kechiche, as well as the film's actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.This marks the first time multiple Palme d'Or trophies were given out in the festival's history.
The jury decided to award the actresses alongside the director due to a Cannes policy that forbids the Palme d'Or-winning film from receiving any additional awards, thereby preventing the jury from rewarding both the film and the film's actresses separately.Of the unorthodox decision, Spielberg said that "had the casting been 3% wrong, it wouldn't have worked like it did for us". Kechiche later auctioned off his Palme d'Or trophy to fund his new feature film, and expressed dissatisfaction about the festival having given out multiple trophies in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter , saying that he felt they had "publicly insulted" him by doing it, and that "liberating myself from this Palme d’Or is a way of washing my hands of this sorry affair".
Since its reintroduction, the prize has been redesigned several times. At the beginning of the 1980s, the rounded shape of the pedestal, bearing the palm, gradually transformed to become pyramidal in 1984. In 1992, Thierry de Bourqueney redesigned the Palme and its pedestal in hand-cut crystal. In 1997, Caroline Scheufele redesigned the statuette and since then, has been manufactured by Swiss jewellery Chopard. The palm is made from 4.16 oz (118 grams) of 18-carat yellow gold while the base of the branch forms a small heart. The Palme d’or rests on a dainty rock crystal cushion shaped like an emerald-cut diamond.A single piece of cut crystal forms a cushion for the palm, which was hand-cast into a wax mould and now presented in a case of blue Morocco leather. In 1998, Theo Angelopoulos was the first director to win the Palme d'or as we now know it today for his film Eternity and a Day .
The winner of the 2014 Palme d'Or, Winter Sleep —a Turkish film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan—occurred during the same year as the 100th anniversary of Turkish cinema. Upon receiving the award, Ceylan dedicated the prize to both the "young people" involved in the ongoing political unrest in Turkey and the workers who were killed in the Soma mine disaster, which occurred on the day prior to the commencement of the awards event.
In 2017, the award was re-designed to celebrate the festival's 70th anniversary.The diamonds were provided by an ethical supplier certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council.
The 2020 Cannes Film Festival was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 56 films were announced as official selections by the festival, but no awards were given this year.
|Year||English title||Original title||Director(s)||Country|
|Awarded as "Grand Prix du Festival International du Film"|
|1939 ‡||Union Pacific||Cecil B. DeMille||United States|
|1940–1945||No festival due to World War II .|
|1946||The Turning Point||Velikij perelom / Великий перелом||Fridrikh Ermler||Soviet Union|
|Men Without Wings||Muži bez křídel||František Čáp||Czechoslovakia|
|The Last Chance||Die Letzte Chance||Leopold Lindtberg||Switzerland|
|Portrait of Maria||María Candelaria||Emilio Fernández||Mexico|
|Rome, Open City||Roma, città aperta||Roberto Rossellini||Italy|
|Neecha Nagar (Lowly City)||Nīcā nagar / नीचा नगर||Chetan Anand||India|
|Brief Encounter||David Lean||United Kingdom|
|Pastoral Symphony||La symphonie pastorale||Jean Delannoy||France|
|The Lost Weekend #||Billy Wilder||United States|
|The Red Meadows||De røde enge||Bodil Ipsen and Lau Lauritzen, Jr.||Denmark|
|1947||Ziegfeld Follies (Best Musical Comedy)||Vincente Minnelli||United States|
|Antoine and Antoinette (Best Psychological and Love Film)||Antoine et Antoinette||Jacques Becker||France|
|Dumbo (Best Animation Design)||Ben Sharpsteen||United States|
|Crossfire (Best Social Film)||Edward Dmytryk||United States|
|The Damned (Best Adventure and Crime Film)||Les Maudits||René Clément||France|
|1948||No festival due to budgetary problems.|
|1949||The Third Man||Carol Reed||United Kingdom|
|1950||No festival due to budgetary problems.|
|1951||Miss Julie (tie)||Fröken Julie||Alf Sjöberg||Sweden|
|Miracle in Milan (tie)||Miracolo a Milano||Vittorio De Sica||Italy|
|1952||The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (tie)||Orson Welles||Morocco|
|Two Cents Worth of Hope (tie)||Due soldi di speranza||Renato Castellani||Italy|
|1953||The Wages of Fear||Le salaire de la peur||Henri-Georges Clouzot||France|
|1954||Gate of Hell||Jigoku-mon / 地獄門||Teinosuke Kinugasa||Japan|
|Awarded as "Palme d'Or"|
|1955||Marty §#||Delbert Mann||United States|
|1956||The Silent World||Le monde du silence||Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle||France|
|1957||Friendly Persuasion||William Wyler||United States|
|1958||The Cranes Are Flying||Letyat zhuravli / Летят журавли||Mikhail Kalatozov||Soviet Union|
|1959||Black Orpheus §||Orfeu Negro||Marcel Camus||France|
|1960||La Dolce Vita §||Federico Fellini||Italy|
|1961||The Long Absence (tie) §||Une aussi longue absence||Henri Colpi||France|
|Viridiana (tie) §||Luis Buñuel||Spain|
|1962||Keeper of Promises §||O Pagador de Promessas||Anselmo Duarte||Brazil|
|1963||The Leopard §||Il gattopardo||Luchino Visconti||Italy|
|Awarded as "Grand Prix du Festival International du Film"|
|1964||The Umbrellas of Cherbourg||Les parapluies de Cherbourg||Jacques Demy||France|
|1965||The Knack ...and How to Get It||Richard Lester||United Kingdom|
|1966||A Man and a Woman (tie)||Un homme et une femme||Claude Lelouch||France|
|The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (tie)||Signore e signori||Pietro Germi||Italy|
|1967||Blowup||Michelangelo Antonioni||United Kingdom|
|1968||No award because the festival was cancelled midway through to show solidarity with the students and workers who were demonstrating in what became known as the May 68 movement.|
|1969||If....||Lindsay Anderson||United Kingdom|
|1970||MASH||Robert Altman||United States|
|1971||The Go-Between||Joseph Losey||United Kingdom|
|1972||The Working Class Goes to Heaven (tie) §||La classe operaia va in paradiso||Elio Petri||Italy|
|The Mattei Affair (tie) §||Il caso Mattei||Francesco Rosi||Italy|
|1973||The Hireling (tie)||Alan Bridges||United Kingdom|
|Scarecrow (tie)||Jerry Schatzberg||United States|
|1974||The Conversation||Francis Ford Coppola||United States|
|Awarded as "Palme d'Or"|
|1975||Chronicle of the Years of Fire||Chronique des années de braise||Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina||Algeria|
|1976||Taxi Driver||Martin Scorsese||United States|
|1977||Padre Padrone||Paolo and Vittorio Taviani||Italy|
|1978||The Tree of Wooden Clogs §||L'albero degli zoccoli||Ermanno Olmi||Italy|
|1979||Apocalypse Now (tie)||Francis Ford Coppola||United States|
|The Tin Drum (tie)||Die Blechtrommel||Volker Schlöndorff|| West Germany |
|1980||All That Jazz (tie)||Bob Fosse||United States|
|Kagemusha (tie)||Kagemusha / 影武者||Akira Kurosawa||Japan|
|1981||Man of Iron||Człowiek z żelaza||Andrzej Wajda||Poland|
|1982||Missing (tie) §||Costa-Gavras||United States|
|The Way (tie) §||Yol||Yılmaz Güney and Şerif Gören||Turkey|
|1983||The Ballad of Narayama||Narayama bushikō / 楢山節考||Shohei Imamura||Japan|
|1984||Paris, Texas §||Wim Wenders|| West Germany |
|1985||When Father Was Away on Business §||Otac na službenom putu / Отац на службеном путу||Emir Kusturica||Yugoslavia|
|1986||The Mission||Roland Joffé||United Kingdom|
|1987||Under the Sun of Satan §||Sous le soleil de Satan||Maurice Pialat||France|
|1988||Pelle the Conqueror||Pelle Erobreren||Bille August||Denmark|
|1989||Sex, Lies, and Videotape||Steven Soderbergh||United States|
|1990||Wild at Heart||David Lynch||United States|
|1991||Barton Fink §||Joel and Ethan Coen||United States|
|1992||The Best Intentions||Den goda viljan||Bille August|| Denmark |
|1993||Farewell My Concubine (tie)||Bàwáng bié jī / 霸王別姬||Chen Kaige||Hong Kong|
|The Piano (tie)||Jane Campion|| New Zealand |
|1994||Pulp Fiction||Quentin Tarantino||United States|
|1995||Underground||Podzemlje / Подземље||Emir Kusturica||France|
|1996||Secrets & Lies||Mike Leigh|| France |
|1997||Taste of Cherry (tie)||Ta'm-e gīlās / طعم گيلاس||Abbas Kiarostami||Iran|
|The Eel (tie)||Unagi / うなぎ||Shohei Imamura||Japan|
|1998||Eternity and a Day §||Mia aio̱nióti̱ta kai mia méra / Μια αιωνιότητα και μια μέρα||Theodoros Angelopoulos||Greece|
|1999||Rosetta §||Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne|| Belgium |
|2000||Dancer in the Dark||Lars von Trier||Denmark|
|2001||The Son's Room||La stanza del figlio||Nanni Moretti|| Italy |
|2002||The Pianist||Roman Polanski|| Poland |
|2003||Elephant||Gus Van Sant||United States|
|2004||Fahrenheit 9/11||Michael Moore||United States|
|2005||The Child||L'enfant||Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne|| Belgium |
|2006||The Wind That Shakes the Barley §||Ken Loach|| Ireland |
|2007||4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days||4 luni, 3 săptămâni și 2 zile||Cristian Mungiu||Romania|
|2008||The Class §||Entre les murs||Laurent Cantet||France|
|2009||The White Ribbon||Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte||Michael Haneke|| Germany |
|2010||Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives||Lung Bunmi Raluek Chat / ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ||Apichatpong Weerasethakul|| United Kingdom |
|2011||The Tree of Life||Terrence Malick||United States|
|2012||Amour||Michael Haneke|| France |
|2013||Blue Is the Warmest Colour §||La Vie d'Adèle: Chapitres 1 et 2||Abdellatif Kechiche|| France |
|2014||Winter Sleep||Kış Uykusu||Nuri Bilge Ceylan|| Turkey |
|2016||I, Daniel Blake||Ken Loach||United Kingdom|
|2017||The Square||Ruben Östlund|| Sweden |
|2018||Shoplifters||Manbiki kazoku / 万引き家族||Hirokazu Kore-eda||Japan|
|2019||Parasite §#||Gisaengchung / 기생충||Bong Joon-ho||South Korea|
|2020||No festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic .|
|2021||Titane||Julia Ducournau|| France |
Eight directors or co-directors have won the award twice:
In 1997, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Festival, the Cannes jury awarded a "Palme des Palmes" for the first time.
|Year||Recipient||Profession||Nationality of recipient|
In 2002 the festival began to sporadically award a non-competitive Honorary Palme d'Or to directors or actors who had achieved a notable body of work but who had never won a competitive Palme d'Or.
|Year||Recipient||Profession||Nationality of recipient|
|2002||Woody Allen||Director/Actor/Screenwriter||United States|
|2007||Jane Fonda||Actress||United States|
|2008||Manoel de Oliveira||Director/Screenwriter||Portugal|
|2009||Clint Eastwood||Actor/Director||United States|
|2017||Jeffrey Katzenberg||Producer||United States|
|Jodie Foster||Actress/Director||United States|
In 2018, the Cannes jury also awarded a "Special Palme d'Or" for the first time.
|2018||The Image Book||Le Livre d'image||Jean-Luc Godard||Switzerland|
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