The Palme d'or was awarded to Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Winter Sleep. It was presented to him by the American actress Uma Thurman and the American director Quentin Tarantino.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan said: "This is a huge surprise for me, I wasn't expecting it. I don't know what to say. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Turkish cinema, which is a happy coincidence. I would like to thank the Festival de Cannes for supporting this long project. Thank you to the Jury, to Thierry Frémaux and Gilles Jacob. I would like to dedicate this Palme d'or to the young people of Turkey and to those who lost their lives during the year. Thank you very much".