The 2019 Cannes Film Festival has been labeled one of the most difficult gatherings for film lovers in years. The weeks have been stressful for film critics locked out of screenings to political protests.
But, the show must go on and a winner must be announced.
The Palme d’Or ceremony for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival will take place at 8:15pm GMT on May 23.
Current Betting Odds: The Palme d’Or ceremony for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival
Last year Academy-Award winner Cate Blanchett acted as President of the Jury. She along with the board awarded the Japanese film “Shoplifters” the coveted Palme d’Or. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda brought in huge wins as his film in 2018 was +2500 to take home the top prize locking out “Everybody Knows at +500 and “Three Faces” also at +500.
The A-List film festival is wrapping up in France and the winner will be aligned with past starry winners as Francis Ford Coppola and Jane Champion.
The prestigious golden leaf award is, though, one of the hardest prizes to predict.
Official selection of the 20 films selected for Official competition screen across 10 days of jury deliberations. There is no precise science, but popular gossip during the festival lends ear to winner predictions. Alejandro G. Iñarritu is serving as president and is serving on the board with directors Kelly Reichardt, Alice Rohrwatcher, Maimouna N’Diaye, Yorgos Lanthimos, Pawel Pawlikowski , and the youngest Elle Fanning,
Top contenders in the race with the most talked about industry buzz in the last 24 hours include: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “The Dead Don’t Die,” “Parasite,” and “A Hidden Life.”
Top pick overall – “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
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