Palme d'or (Best Film): Amour (Love), Michael Haneke
Grand Prix (Runner-up): Reality, Matteo Garrone
Best Director: Carlos Reygadas for Post Tenebras Lux
Best Actor: Mads Mikkelsen in Jagten (The Hunt)
Best Actress: Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur in Beyond the Hills
Best Screenplay: Beyond the Hills - Cristian Mungiu
Jury Prize: The Angels' Share - Ken Loach
Camera d'or (Best First Feature): Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin
Best Short Film: Silent, L. Rezan Yesilbas
Source: Live streamed
The awards were hosted by Berenice Bejo from The Artist. This year's jury for the Official Selection was comprised of Nanni Moretti (president), Diane Kruger, Ewan McGregor, Andrea Arnold, Hiam Abbas, Emmanuelle Devos, Jean-Paul Gauthier, Alexander Payne, and Raoul Peck. Presenters at the ceremony included Alec Baldwin, Audrey Tautou, Adrien Brody, and Gong Li.
It's sad that David Cronenberg was shut-out once again (his Cosmopolis opened to reviews that ranged from mixed to positive... it's Cronenberg, so that's to be expected), and that other favourites like Marion Cotillard (Rust & Bone) went unacknowledged despite great notices. Cannes doesn't look to be the bellwether for Oscar fare that it was last year: remember that Tree of Life, The Artist, Drive, and Melancholia were the big winners at Cannes 2011. Some of these films will probably appear in the Foreign Language Film category, though, so we'll see where the year goes. Nevertheless, there's a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year: any festival that included Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron must be considered a success.