Laurent Cantet's The Class walked away with Cannes' prestigious Palm D'Or today, the final day of competition, reports the Hollywood Reporter. It was the first time a French film had claimed the prize since 1987. Cannes Jury President Sean Penn followed the announcement with a list of largely sleeper candidates. Among them:
- Matteo Garrone's Gomorra, a harrowing exploration of organized crime in Naples, took home the Grand Prix.
- Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo, which examined longtime Italian PM Giulio Andreotti, claimed the Jury prize.
- Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan was named Best Director for Three Monkeys.
- Mexican actor Benicio del Toro won Best Actor for his role in Che.