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Cannes 2013 Jury President: Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg Cannes president jurySteven Spielberg: Cannes jury gets Hollywood star-director president

Steven Spielberg lost the Best Director Academy Award, but won the presidency of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival jury. Following on the footsteps of Nanni Moretti, who headed the 2012 jury that awarded Michael Haneke’s Amour the Palme d’Or, Spielberg will chair the jury at the upcoming Cannes festival, which runs May 15-26. (Photo: Steven Spielberg.)

To date, Steven Spielberg has won a single competitive award at Cannes: as co-screenwriter (with Matthew Robbins and Hal Barwood) of the Spielberg-directed 1974 offbeat drama The Sugarland Express, starring Goldie Hawn and William Atherton. Additionally, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial had its world premiere at Cannes in 1982, while The Color Purple was shown out of competition in 1986.

According to Cannes organizer Gilles Jacob, Steven Spielberg had been previously invited a number of times to head the festival’s jury. Scheduling conflicts, however, prevented him from doing so.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: Box-office hit in France

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln has been a strong performer at the domestic box office, having grossed $178.85 million to date, including approximately $32 million following the Academy Award nominations announcement in early January. Lincoln was up for 12 Oscars, ultimately winning two: Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Art Direction for production designer Rick Carter and set decorator Jim Erickson. (Spielberg lost the Best Director Oscar to Life of Pi’s Ang Lee; Lincoln lost Best Picture to Ben Affleck’s Argo.)

Internationally, Lincoln has been a considerably more modest grosser. Having said that, thanks to the Oscar buzz Spielberg’s historical drama about U.S. president Abraham Lincoln surely has fared much better than it would have otherwise. Lincoln, which opened in most international territories in late January, has to date taken in $66.2 million, or only 27 percent of the film’s worldwide take. Lincoln was a flop in Russia and a modest performer in countries such as Mexico and India.

In France, however, Lincoln has been doing well: with $9.25 million, it’s the year’s third biggest box office hit to date, trailing only Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained ($32.83 million), with Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz, and Philippe Le Guay’s comedy Alceste à bicyclette ($9.37 million), with Fabrice Luchini and Lambert Wilson.

Lincoln’s other top international territories are the UK with $9.35 million, Italy with $7.07 million, Spain with $6.67 million, Australia with $4.93 million, Germany with $4.56 million, and Brazil with $4.45m.

Steven Spielberg movies

Steven Spielberg has directed some of the most successful movies ever made, among them the aforementioned E.T., Jaws (1975), with Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, and Richard Dreyfuss; Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), with Dreyfuss and Melinda Dillon; Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), with Harrison Ford and Karen Allen; and Jurassic Park (1993), with Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Richard Attenborough, and lots of dinosaurs.

Spielberg has won two Best Director Academy Awards: for Schindler’s List (1993), featuring Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes, and Saving Private Ryan (1998), featuring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, and Tom Sizemore. Schindler’s List also won the Best Picture Oscar, but Saving Private Ryan lost to the John Madden-directed, Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. (See also: "Biggest Oscar Snubs: Steven Spielberg and The Color Purple.")

In addition to the performers mentioned above, Steven Spielberg has worked with a whole array of film actors, ranging from Joan Crawford to Tom Cruise, from actor-director François Truffaut to Shia LaBeouf, from Oprah Winfrey to Audrey Hepburn, from Toshiro Mifune to Sally Field, from Ralph Bellamy to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, from Sean Connery to Leonardo DiCaprio, from Dennis Weaver to Amy Adams.

Steven Spielberg photo: Cannes Film Festival.

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