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Jean-Louis Trintignant: Cannes Best Actor Prediction

Jean-Louis Trintignant Amour Love
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour / Love (with Emmanuelle Riva)

Cannes Film Festival Best Actor contenders are many. On top of the list is veteran Jean-Louis Trintignant in Michael Haneke's romantic tragedy Amour / Love. Amour is the 81-year-old Trintignant's first film in nearly a decade; it may also turn out to be his last. That in itself makes Trintignant the sentimental favorite for the Cannes 2012 Best Actor Award.

If that weren't all, both Amour and its cast have earned singularly enthusiastic notices, e.g., “utterly captivating,” as per The Guardian's Jason Solomons. If Trintignant does take home the Best Actor prize, that'll mark his second Cannes victory: the first was for his judge in Costa-Gavras' political drama Z, 43 years ago.

Other strong Best Actor possibilities include the following:

  • Robert Pattinson surprised those who believed he actually was a vegetarian vampire who sparkled in the sunlight. As an arrogant multibillionaire driving around New York City in his limo in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, the Twilight star has earned by far the best notices of his (admittedly, not very long) career.
  • Denis Lavant, who also spends a lot of time inside a movie limo, is another strong contender. In Leos Carax's Holy Motors, Lavant plays no less than 11 different roles, including a character who kidnaps Eva Mendes and then licks her armpits.
  • Aniello Arena, a former Mafia hitman currently behind bars serving a life sentence in Italy, but a Cannes hit as a Big Brother contestant wannabe in Matteo Garrone's Reality.
  • Brad Pitt as a (movie) hitman in Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, which had a number of admirers and quite a few detractors as well.

Other possibilities include The Taste of Money's Kim Kang-woo, On the Road's Garrett Hedlund, Lawless' Tom Hardy, The Hunt's Mads Mikkelsen, Rust & Bone's Matthias Schoenaerts, Mud's Matthew McConaughey, and – why not … this is Cannes, after all – The Paperboy's Zac Efron.

The 2012 Cannes Film Festival winners will be announced on Sunday.

Jean-Louis Trintignant / Amour / Love photo: Films du Losange / Sony Pictures Classics.

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9 Comments to Jean-Louis Trintignant: Cannes Best Actor Prediction

  1. bubba

    Pattinson was called 'bland' again lol. Sorry fangirls! His name is just to bring hype to this horrible movie.

  2. lori

    Pattinson panned by critics? The guy got raving reviews. People really need to get over their prejudice hate towards this guy.

  3. Joss A

    Mr Jean-Louis was amazing and I have to say this but I'm so excited about Pattinson's performance, he was the 99% of the movie and succeed. I don't care about his career outside the festival, he's fresh air to me. I recommend you watch the movie, I was there and all the comments I heard were actually pretty good, and better about his performance. Cronenberg as good as always, Im a believer of this films and this one was great

  4. KS
  5. Thalia

    Pattinson!!! That's right man it does not matter if you agree or io don't. I saw Cosmopolis yesterday and it was AMAZING, Robert pattinson's performance is brilliant, not surprising is one of the 5 favourites in the Festival and the second choice in this list.
    It's ok if you don't like him, but you should watch the movie and stop judge people so easy. This is a serious web, the fans have nothing to do with this, that's so ridiculous, they wouldnt even consider him if he wasn't be able to give a terrific performance.
    I'm impress by Pattinson and excited about Mr. David, he's the man, he forced people in the theatre to think with heavy dialogue and I loved it.

  6. dream

    Robert LOL next joke please!
    But Jean-Louis Trintignant was amazing!

  7. faffy

    Pattinson's name included just to get hits from his obsessed fangirls. Pathetic, He was panned by many critics,

  8. Betty b

    Actors list seems on target … Actors mention recieved very positive and mixed reviews in some instances standing ovations for their films. Cannes is the ultimate highest profile festival in the world To be deemed worthy to be in competition is winning event.

    Great article as always. TY

  9. nanni

    Pattinson? LMAO Please.