May 26, 2013 12:00 PM
And the Palme d'Or goes to .... Blue Is the Warmest Color, a sexually-explicit graphic novel adaptation directed by Tunisian-born Abdellatif Kechiche.
The film centers on a high school student and her eventual romantic relationship with an older woman. The film may have a tough time entering foreign markets and has already caused a firestorm in France, particularly after same-sex marriage was just legalized but is still being protested by a vocal minority.
The three-hour film garnered the film festival's most prestigious award not only for its director, but jury president Steven Spielberg and his fellow jurors gave the prize to the film's two lead actresses as well. Spielberg said the jury felt "privileged" to watch the three-hour film of "deep love, deep heartbreak."
The Grad Prix, or second prize, went to the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis -- a 1960's-set story about a Greenwich Village family.
Third place, the Jury Prize, was awarded to Like Father, Like Son, a Japanese film about two families, two boys and a shocking mix-up.
Bruce Dern won for best actor for his role in Nebraska, in which he plays a Montana alcoholic searching for prize winnings he hasn't even won.
Berenice Bejo, who played Peppy Miller in The Artist won for her turn in The Past, director Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to his Oscar-winning A Separation.
The best director prize went to Amat Escalante for the Mexican drama Heli, while A Touch of Sin director Jia Zhangke won for best screenplay.
And ahhh, the glamour! ...
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