Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Christoph Waltz Named to Cannes Jury with Spielberg


If you thought Cannes 2013 was shaping up to be amazing, this cinches it. The jury working with Steven Spielberg has been named, and it’s impressive. And ironic. Ang Lee beat Spielberg for Best Director this year at the Oscars with “Life of Pi.” But Ang will be working for Spielberg who lost the Oscar for “Lincoln.” Turnabout is fair play! Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz have also been named. Romanian director Cristian Mungui, a Cannes favorite, French director Daniel Auteil, British writer-director Lynne Ramsay, plus Indian actress Vidya Balan and Japanese Naomi Kawase round the rest of the jury panel. Opening night ceremonies, with Audrey Tatou presiding, and Steven Spielberg as head juror, plus this group on stage– and then everyone will watch Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin’s “The Great Gatsby” in 3D– with Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire in the audience– what a way to kick off Cannes!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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