OVERVIEW OF THE 2020 OFFICIAL SELECTION
Up until now, the films of the 2020 Official Selection have received 138 awards and 311 nominations internationally.
The top three most highly awarded films:
- SOUL, Pete Docter: 48 awards and 39 nominations.
The animated film from Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios comes out on top as the Cannes 2020 film with the most awards to its name, 24 total, of which seven are for Best Animated Feature Film and eight for Best Original Score. SOUL is currently available to stream on Disney +.
- DRUK (Drunk), Thomas Vinterberg: 26 awards and 30 nominations.
The Danish dramatic comedy that established itself in the United States as one of the best foreign films of the year and for which the performance of the quartet of principal actors was also particularly praised the world over, notably at the European Film Awards.
- SWEAT, Magnus Von Horn: 9 awards and 7 nominations.
This very contemporary film immersed in the world of social media - and it’s darker side - won big at the Polish Film Festival with six prizes, among which were Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress.
Cannes 2020 was unique in that the traditional selection was replaced by a new system of classification created especially for the occasion.
The only competitive categories retained at the "Cannes 2020 Special" event held in the autumn were the short film competition and the Cinéfondation selection. Egyptian Director Sameh Alaa received the Short Film Palme d'Or for I AM AFRAID TO FORGET YOUR FACE, while Ashmita Guha Neogi’s CATDOG, Yelyzaveta Pysmak’s JA I MOJA GRUBA DUPA (My Fat Arse and I), Lucia Chicos's CONTRAINDICATII (Contraindications) and Elsa Rosengren’s I WANT TO RETURN RETURN RETURN stood out among the film school works.
These beautiful short pieces as well as the success of the 2020 Selection’s “First Films” underpin the Festival de Cannes' role of discovering and promoting new talent throughout the world.
Ranking of the most highly awarded categories in 2020 and their most successful films:
#1 Animated Films: 4 films, 45 awards, 52 nominations
- SOUL, Pete Docter: 48 awards, 39 nominations
- JOSEP, Aurel: 5 awards, 4 nominations
#2 First Films: 15 films, 28 awards, 69 nominations
- BEGINNING, Dea Kulumbegashvili: 7 awards, 9 nominations
- MOTO SHEL HAKOLNOA VE SHEL ABA SHELI GAM (The Death of Cinema and My Father Too), Dani Rosenberg: 5 awards, 4 nominations
- FALLING, Viggo Mortensen: 4 awards, 13 nominations
- CASA DE ANTIGUIDADES (Memory House), João Paulo Miranda Maria: 2 awards, 7 nominations
- GAGARINE (Gagarin), Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh: 2 awards, 5 nominations
- YE MA FEN ZONG (Striding Into the Wind), Wei Shujun: 1 award, 10 nominations
- SEIZE PRINTEMPS (Spring Blossom), Suzanne Lindon: 1 award, 9 nominations
- SLALOM, Charlène Favier: 2 awards, 5 nominations
#3 The Faithful: 14 films, 26 awards, 94 nominations
#4 Newcomers: 14 films, 24 awards, 62 nominations
- SWEAT, Magnus Von Horn: 9 awards, 7 nominations
- LIMBO, Ben Sharrock: 7 awards, 6 nominations
- HINE ANACHNU (Here We Are), Nir Bergman: 5 awards, 8 nominations
- NADIA, BUTTERFLY, Pascal Plante: 1 award, 5 nominations
- TEDDY, Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma: 1 award, 2 nominations
#5 Documentaries: 3 documentaries, 4 awards, 19 nominations
#6 Comedies: 5 films, 1 award, 9 nominations
A WELL-TRAVELLED SELECTION
The support that the Festival de Cannes gives to the films of the 2020 Official Selection materialises as several collaborations with other festivals: La Rochelle, Deauville, the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, as well as Rome, Busan and even the San Sebastián International Film Festival which is the festival that, this year, has given the most awards to 2020 Official Selection films with a total of nine awards and ten nominations. One of the stand-out moments of the event has to be the triumph of BEGINNING, the first film from director Dea Kulumbegashvili, which received the Golden Shell for best film as well as the award for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay.
A beautiful show of solidarity for films stamped with the “Cannes 2020” mark, films that have captivated audiences both in France and beyond.
First of all on a European level, with the triumph of Thomas Vinterberg’s DRUK (Drunk) at the European Film Awards where it scooped up the four most prestigious awards of the competition: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor for Mads Mikkelsen and Best Director. A remarkable list of awards to which Best Comedy for Emmanuel Courcol’s UN TRIOMPHE (The Big Hit) and Best Animated Feature Film for Aurel’s JOSEP can be added.
It is also worth noting the high representation of Cannes 2020 films at the Chicago International Film Festival where they received a total of three awards and six nominations. Notably, Magnus Von Horn’s SWEAT, selected for the Cannes “Newcomers” category, scooped up the Gold Hugo, the award for best film. Alice Rohrwacher’s LAZZARO FELICE (Happy As Lazaro) and Céline Sciamma’s PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU (PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE) also received this award in 2018 and 2019 respectively, an indication of a bright future for Polish dramas.
Overall, the films of the Cannes 2020 Official Selection have travelled to some 40 festivals in 27 different countries across every continent.
AWARDS THAT REFLECT THE FESTIVAL'S COMMITMENTS
Some of the Official Selection 2020 films have been recognised just as much for their political or social message as their artistic value:
Charlène Favier’s SLALOM, which tells the story of a controlling relationship between a young athlete and her Alpine ski trainer, received the Prix d’Ornano-Valenti at the Deauville American Film Festival. Each year, this award recognises a French first film in order to help support its wider recognition, promotion and exportation.
The Prix Ornano-Valenti was given to Ladj Ly in 2019 for his film LES MISÉRABLES which also received the Cannes Jury Prize the same year and César Award for Best Film in 2020.
Ben Sharrock’s LIMBO, a film that brings up the ever-relevant topic of the conditions faced by refugees in Europe, has received seven awards including the Prix FIPRESCI awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics at the Cairo International Film Festival as well as the Youth Jury Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival given by a jury made up of young people between 18 and 25 years old.
FALLING, Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut that tells the personal story of his family, received the Sebastiane Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. The award recognises the film that best reflects the values and reality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
In 2017, Robin Campillo received the Sebastiane Award for his film 120 Battements par minute (120 Beats per Minute), as well as the Cannes Grand Prix.
EN ROUTE POUR LE MILLIARD (Downstream to Kinshasa), the documentary from Congolese Dieudo Hamadi follows a group of men fighting to seek reparations from the failing state, received an honourable mention from the Amplify Voices Award jury at the Toronto International Film Festival. This award aims to recognise feature-length films from under-represented directors.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, numerous institutions have seen huge disruption to their calendars. Here is an overview of the biggest upcoming events in cinema at which the 2020 Official Selection has already established a presence.
The Lumières Awards – 19 January, 2021
As is tradition, the Académie des Lumières has once again inaugurated the season of major awards ceremonies. Staying true to its usual scheduling, the 26th Lumières Awards took place on the 19th of January, 2021. Five Cannes 2020 films came away with a total of seven awards between them:
- ÉTÉ 85 (Summer of 85), François Ozon
Most Promising Actor (Félix Lefebvre and Benjamin Voisin), Best Director of Photography (Hichame Alaouié)
- SLALOM, Charlène Favier
Most Promising Actress (Noée Abita)
- JOSEP, Aurel
Best Music (Sílvia Pérez Cruz), Best Animated Film
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL – 29 January to 3 February, 2021
The biggest event in American indie cinema has already announced its list of nominees which includes four films from the 2020 Official Selection:
- JOHN AND THE HOLE, Pascual Sisto, in the category U.S. Dramatic
- PLEASURE, Ninja Thyberg, in the category World Cinema Dramatic
- THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS, Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, in the category World Cinema Documentary
- FLEE, Jonas Poher Rasmussen, in the category World Cinema Documentary has also been chosen to open the festival
THE GOLDEN GLOBES – 28 February, 2021
The 78th Golden Globe Awards will take place on the 28th of February, 2021. The nominees were announced on the 3rd of February, 2021.
- SOUL by Pete Docter, in the categories Best Picture and Best Score Motion Picture
- DRUK (DRUNK) by Thomas Vinterberg in the category Best Picture - Foreign language
THE CRITICS CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS – 7 March, 2021
The 26th Critics Choice Movie Awards will take place on the 7th of March, 2021. The nominees will be announced on the 8th of February, 2021.
This year, for the first time, the Critics Choice Association has given awards to the best sci-fi films released on TV and streaming platforms through the Critics Choice Super Awards which took place on the 10th of January, 2021. Pete Docter’s animated film SOUL won three awards: Best Animated Movie, Best Voice Actor in an Animated Movie for Jamie Foxx, and Best Voice Actress in an Animated Movie for Tina Fey.
THE GOYA AWARDS – 6 March, 2021
The 35th Goya Awards will take place on the 6th of March, 2021. The nominees were announced on the 18th of January, 2021. Two films from the 2020 Official Selection made the cut:
THE CÉSAR AWARDS – 12 March, 2021
The 46th César Awards will take place on the 12th of March, 2021. The nominees were announced on the 10th of February, 2021.
13 nominations for LES CHOSES QU'ON DIT, LES CHOSES QU'ON FAIT (Love Affair(s)) by Emmanuel Mouret: Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Camélia Jordana, Best Actor for Niels Schneider, Best Supporting Actress for Émilie Dequenne, Best Supporting Actor for Vincent Macaigne, Best Female Newcomer for Julia Piaton, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound.
12 nominations for ÉTÉ 85 (Summer of 85) by François Ozon: Best film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Male Newcomer for Félix Lefebvre, Best Male Newcomer for Benjamin Voisin, Best Supporting Actress for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Best Score, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
8 nominations for ANTOINETTE DANS LES CÉVENNES (My donkey, my lover and I) by Caroline Vignal: Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Laure Calamy, Best Supporting Actor for Benjamin Lavernhe, Best Score, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
4 nominations for ADN (DNA) by Maïwenn: Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Louis Garrel, Best Supporting Actress for Fanny Ardant, Best Score.
1 nomination for DRUK (Drunk) by Thomas Vinterberg: Best Foreign Film
1 nomination for JOSEP by Aurel: Best Animated Feature
1 nomination for GARÇON CHIFFON (My Best Part) by Nicolas Maury: Best First Film
THE BAFTA FILM AWARDS – 11 April, 2021
The 74th BAFTA Awards will take place on the 11th of April, 2021. The nominees will be announced on the 9th of March, 2021.
THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS – 24 April, 2021
The 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on the 24th of April, 2021. The nominees will be announced on the 26th of January, 2021.
THE OSCARS – 25 April, 2021
The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony will take place on the 25th of April, 2021. The nominees will be announced on the 15th of March, 2021. While we wait for those, here is the list of Cannes 2020 films that have been put forward by their country of origin for Best International Feature Film:
- EL OLVIDO QUE SEREMOS (Forgotten we'll be), Fernando Trueba, Colombia
- BEGINNING, Dea Kulumbegashvili, Georgia
- DRUK (Drunk), Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark
- BROKEN KEYS, Jimmy Keyrouz, Lebanon
- ASA GA KURU (True Mothers), Naomi Kawase, Japan
The Festival de Cannes warmly congratulates all of the 2020 Official Selection films for all of their successes, despite a difficult year for cinema, and wishes them all the best for the ceremonies yet to come.