Deadline has revealed that Steven Spielberg will head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The director regularly attends the festival but the majority of his films have screened out of competition, though his 1974 film Sugarland Express did win the prix du scenario, which is the prize for Best Screenplay.
Here’s what Spielberg had to say regarding the announcement:
“It is an honor and a privilege to preside over the jury of a festival that proves, again and again, that cinema is the language of the world”
Festival chief Thierry Frémaux added:
“We are very proud to count him among us.”
The news comes just days after Spielberg missed out on both the Best Director and Best Picture awards for Lincoln at this year’s Oscars ceremony, though Daniel Day-Lewis did win Best Actor for his portrayal of the iconic President. Daniel Day-Lewis has now won the accolade a record three times after previously picking up the ‘Actor in a Leading Role’ award for My Left Foot in 1990 and There Will Be Blood in 2008.
Steven Spielberg will be joining a list of prestigious names who have headed the Cannes Film Festival including; Michel Gondry, Tim Burton, and most recently Italian director, Nanni Moretti in 2012.