Cannes Winner Sean Baker Surprised with Palme d’Or by George Lucas – See His Emotional Reaction!

Cannes, France – After two weeks of showcasing groundbreaking cinema, the 77th Cannes Film Festival reached its climax with the announcement of the winners at a grand ceremony on Saturday night.

The coveted Palme d’Or, the festival’s top honor, was bestowed upon Sean Baker for his sex worker screwball comedy film “Anora.” Baker, visibly nervous and shaking, expressed gratitude to the jury, emphasizing that winning the prestigious Palme d’Or had been a lifelong ambition as a filmmaker.

Acknowledging the influence of veteran directors Francis Ford Coppola and David Cronenberg on his work, Baker highlighted his journey from shooting “Tangerine” on an iPhone5s in 2015 to clinching the Palme d’Or. Notably, he became the first American director since Terrence Malick in 2011 to receive this honor.

Jury president Greta Gerwig commended “Anora,” noting its classic elements reminiscent of Lubitsch and Howard Hawks. The film’s authenticity and unexpected narrative struck a chord with the jury, leading to Baker’s well-deserved victory.

Neon’s success continued with “Anora,” marking the fifth consecutive win for the distributor following earlier triumphs with films like “Anatomy of a Fall” and “Parasite.” While a U.S. release date for “Anora” is pending, Neon’s track record suggests a strategic launch in early October.

In addition to “Anora,” other notable winners included Payal Kapadia’s “All We Imagine As Light” receiving the Grand Prix, while Mohammad Rasoulof’s “The Seed of the Sacred Fig” earned a special award. The female ensemble of Jacques Audiard’s “Emilia Pérez” received accolades, with lead Karla Sofía Gascón making history as the first trans actress to win at Cannes.

Jesse Plemons took home the Best Actor award for his role in “Kinds of Kindness,” while George Lucas received an honorary Palme d’Or for his contributions to cinema. The festival showcased a diverse range of films that sparked critical debates, with standout performances and innovative storytelling captivating audiences.

As Cannes concluded, the diverse array of award winners reflected the festival’s commitment to celebrating cinematic excellence and pushing the boundaries of storytelling. Cannes once again solidified its position as a premier platform for showcasing groundbreaking films and recognizing extraordinary talent in the industry.