What the Oscars can learn from Cannes

The sun shines down on the Cannes film festivalThe Oscars could learn a thing or two from Cannes: last night’s award ceremony went off without a hitch and perfectly on schedule. Lambert Wilson, who apparently had gotten over his nerves since opening night, hosted the event with aplomb as Jane Campion and the illustrious jury handed out the coveted Palme d’Or and a dozen other prizes.

Top prize went to the Turkish film, ‘Winter Sleep’, what the New York Times calls a ‘3 hour and 16 minute philosophical talk fest‘ and that I suspect lives up to its title. But the jury prize, the one they give to the film that’s closest to their hearts, went to a film called ‘Mommy’ by young Canadian director Xavier Dolan. That’s one I’ll try to catch.

When it comes to televised ceremonies, you have to hand to the French: they’re able to pull off ambitious live events with military precision. The whole thing was done and dusted in time for the assembled guests to go to dinner.

Now that’s what I call civilized.

And for red-carpet watchers like me, check out all the best-dresses from the 87th edition of Cannes here.