The Palme d’Or award is the highest honor bestowed upon a film during the Cannes Film Festival. It’s the equivalent of the Best Picture prize of the Oscars, and it will be announced this Sunday. Yet while the Academy is known for favoring English language films, the Cannes Film Festival has prided itself on a reputation built upon a real celebration of international cinema.
However, an examination of the Palme d’Or winners of previous years demonstrates that even Cannes may be a bit biased. Since 1955, 79% of the winning movies were productions of the US or Europe, with American films leading the tally with 14 Palme d’Ors followed by French and Italian works.
Though Movieline released its Vegas-style odds predictions about this year, nobody is sure which film will take home the festival’s top prize. What is known is that the 2010 jury panel is extremely diverse in opinion, so it’s likely that the decision may lean towards the preference of Tim Burton, who leads this year’s committee. It will be interesting nonetheless to see which nation the chosen film originated from. What do you think?