The Award for Best Actor went to Bruce Dern for his role in Nebraska directed by Alexander Payne. The award was handed over by the French actress, Laetitia Casta.
Alexander Payne accepted the award on stage on Bruce Dern’s behalf, uttering the following words: "If Bruce Dern had been here tonight, he would have said that he was proud of his work in this film. He would have thanked the Jury and the public, and he would probably have thanked me, too. I share his feeling of pride about what we have achieved with this film, and I – like him – am also proud to have formed part of this Selection”.