Dunst Wins At Cannes

Mimi ON May 23, 2011 AT 10:37 am

Kirsten Dunst wins Best Actress for Melancholia

Kirsten Dunst wins Best Actress for Melancholia

Last night’s closing ceremony of the 64th Cannes Film Festival brought more than a few surprises to the table – as well as, of course, some gorgeous fashion.  The controversial movie The Tree of Life (starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn) won the top prize of the festival, and actress Kirsten Dunst was awarded the Best Actress award for her role in Melancholia.

Dunst wore a stunning Chanel haute couture gown and jewellery to accept her prize; the dress was timeless and elegant with flecks of silver in the bodice and fluttery, layered white chiffon throughout the skirt.

Kirtsen Dunst winning Best Actress

Kirtsen Dunst winning Best Actress

Dunst’s prize was a bit unexpected, as Melancholia’s filmmaker Lars von Trier has recently been shunned from the film world for his Nazism remarks.  Yet Dunst’s heartfelt performance overcame the scrutiny and she was awarded her rightful prize.  Dunst’s character is a severely depressed bride who instantly regrets her marriage and fearfully awaits the collision of Earth and the planet Melancholia.

Other winners:

Palme d’Or - The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, U.S.)

Grand Prix (tie) - Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey) and The Kid With a Bike (Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne, France)

Director - Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, U.S.)

Jury Prize - Polisse (Maiwenn, France)

Best Actor - Jean Dujardin (The Artist, France)

Best Actress - Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia, Denmark-Sweden-France-Germany)

Screenplay - Joseph Cedar (Footnote, Israel)

Camera d’Or - Las acacias (Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina-Spain)

Palme d’Or, Short Films - Cross (Maryna Vroda)

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