Kruger, Phoenix fetch acting honors at Cannes

Ruben Ruiz
May 30, 2017

The Swedish satire The Square was the surprise victor at this year's Cannes Film Festival, with the film claiming the Palme d'Or.

Diane Kruger who won the award for the Best Actress at the 70th Cannes Film Festival for the role of Katya (In The Fade) where she plays a mother who has lost a child and a husband to the terrorist attack, sends a powerful message to all mothers around the world who have lost their children to vicious terrorist attacks.

Although members of the jury said she was the first woman to win that prize, the history books show that Soviet director Yuliya Solntseva won it in 1961.

Coppola was honored for directing her film "The Beguiled", a thriller starring Nicole Kidman as a woman who runs a Southern girls' boarding school during the Civil War.

Joaquin Phoenix, wearing white runners with his black-tie suit, took home "Best Actor" for Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here.

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Members of the public receive treatment from emergency service staff at Victoria Railway Station close to the venue. At least 22 people were killed and dozens more injured in the bombing at Manchester Arena on Monday.

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Britain's official terror threat level was set at "critical" in the days after the attack but was downgraded Saturday to "severe". Police said their investigation was "making good progress" and had around 1000 people working on it.

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, who headed the jury of nine people that included Hollywood stars Will Smith and Jessica Chastain, said the film was about "the dictatorship of being politically correct".

The actor wore sneakers on stage as he collected the prize.

But the I'm So Excited director, known for his interest in female-focused and LGBT storylines, broke down with emotion when asked about 120 Beats Per Minute.

Nicole Kidman, who leads the cast of "The Beguiled", also received the fest's 70th Anniversary Award. The award recognizes a strong film that missed out on the top prize, the Palme d'Or.

'In my mind, [her speech] would have been something like, ' he began before pretending to cry then adding: 'Merci beaucoup madam and monsieur's!'

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