The Palme d'Or, Cannes' top prize, was awarded Saturday to "Parasite," a ferocious satire and critical favorite from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. "I never imagined this," Bong said, accepting the award. This is the first time a South Korean movie has won the Palme d'Or.
Sylvester Stallone — who was honored with a celebration of his decadeslong career — presented the Grand Prix, or second prize, to French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop for her feature debut "Atlantics." French director Céline Sciamma won the best screenplay prize for "Portrait of a Lady on Fire." Best actress was presented to Emily Beecham, the star of "Little Joe," a mordant, amusing movie from Austrian director Jessica Hausner. Best actor was won by Antonio Banderas, star of Pedro Almodóvar's widely loved "Pain and Glory." "This is my night of glory," Banderas said. One of the biggest surprises was best director, given to the Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne for "Young Ahmed." The Dardennes have won the Palme d'Or twice, and their influence on contemporary cinema is profound. But their new movie was seen by many critics as a disappointment.
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore presented the third prize to two radically different movies about marginalized communities under siege: the French genre movie "Les Misérables" from Ladj Ly, and the Brazilian movie "Bacurau," from Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles. The most hotly anticipated film in the festival, Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," left without any prizes.
'Aladdin' does its magic at box office
Moviegoers voted with their dollars and chose the familiar over the new this Memorial Day weekend. The Walt Disney Co.'s live-action remake of "Aladdin" crushed the competition, which included two new original R-rated films that opened as counter-programming to the family pic: The critically acclaimed teen comedy "Booksmart" and the horror movie "Brightburn." But the strategy didn't work. "Aladdin" grossed an estimated $86.1 million to take the top spot at the North American box office, according to studio estimates on Sunday. It'll likely pass $100 million by Monday. The others didn't even break $10 million. Aladdin is played by Mena Massoud.
charges: A former business manager of Stan Lee was arrested Saturday on elder abuse charges involving the late comic book legend. Keya Morgan was arrested in Arizona on an outstanding arrest warrant after being charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors earlier this month. Authorities say Morgan sought to capitalize on the Marvel Comic mastermind's wealth and exert influence over Lee even though he had no authority to act on his behalf.