Cannes Film Festival 2011: Award winners announced

US filmmaker Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011) has won the Palme d’Or prize at this year’s 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The reclusive director did not attend the star-studded ceremony itself, but the award was picked up by producers Bill Pohlad and Dede Gardner. The anticipation surrounding Malick’s fifth film in four decades was huge and it didn’t disappoint. There was nearly blood on the Croisette for the first of its press screenings – security having to draft in police to control a storm of unhappy critics, unable to gain access to an oversubscribed screening. Malick’s epic odyssey starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, tells the tale of three brothers in 1950s America, features breathtaking cinematography and may be an early frontrunner for next year’s Oscars.

Here is a full list of the winners of this year’s festival:

Palme d’Or 
The Tree of Life (dir. Terrence Malick)

Grand Prix (Runner-up to main award – tied)
Kid With A Bike (dir. Dardenne brothers)
Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan) 

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Mise en Scene (Best Director)
Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)

Best Actress
Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)

Prix du Scenario (Screenplay)
Joseph Cedar (Footnote)

Prix du Jury
Polisse (dir. Maiwenn)

Palme d’Or Court Metrage 
Cross Country (dir. Maryna Vroda)

Camera d’Or (Best First Film) 
Las Acacias (dir. Pablo Giorgelli)
Un Certain Regard (tied) 
Arirang (dir. Kim Ki-Duk)
Stopped on Track (dir. Andreas Dresen)

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Stephen Leach