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
Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive
Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia
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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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