Just as we thought her once-promising career was destined to be restricted to the occasional modeling stint and music video cameo, Kirsten Dunst has nabbed a Best Actress gong at the Cannes Film Festival.

Dunst received the accolade for her widely-praised performance as a troubled bride facing the end of the world in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia – despite the public relations shit storm that’s surrounded the film since the controversial post-screening press conference last week.

The Palme d’Or Cannes’ top prize was taken out by the long-awaited Terrence Malick existentialist epic The Tree Of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and newcomer Jessica Chastain.

Check out the other prize winners below:

Grand Prix (tie)
The Kid with a Bike – Directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia – Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Best Director
Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin for The Artist

Best Actress
Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia

Best Screenplay
Joseph Cedar for Footnote

Jury Prize
Polisse – Director: Maïwenn

Best First Film
Las Acacias – Director: Pablo Giorgelli

Short Film Palme d’Or
Cross-Country – Director: Maryna Vroda

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Via AFP