‘Titane’, Leos Carax, Caleb Landry Jones and more take home top prizes at Cannes 2021

Titane, Leos Carax and Caleb Landry Jones are among the winners of the top prizes at Cannes 2021 – scroll down to see the full list of winners.

The film festival was held in full and in-person after the coronavirus pandemic meant the 2020 physical edition was unable to go ahead as planned.

This year’s Cannes jury was comprised of Spike Lee serving as president, director Mati Diop, musician Mylène Farmer, writer and director Jessica Hausner, actor and director Mélanie Laurent, writer and director Kleber Mendonça Filho, and actors Tahar Rahim, Song Kang-ho and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Titane, directed by Julia Ducournau, took home the Palme d’Or. Lee accidentally revealed it to be the winner at the start of the ceremony instead of at the planned time. The thriller’s victory makes Ducournau only the second female director to win the top prize at Cannes, after Jane Campion’s win for The Piano in 1993.

Julia Ducournau Cannes
‘Titane’ director Julia Ducournau at Cannes CREDIT: Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Leos Carax won Best Director for Annette, which stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard and whose script and music were written by Sparks. X-Men: First Class star Caleb Landry Jones won Best Actor for his role in Nitram, while Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve won Best Actress for The Worst Person In The World.

The full list of Cannes 2021 winners is as follows:

Palme d’Or


Grand Prix 

A Hero and Compartment No. 6

Jury Prize 

Ahed’s Knee and Memoria

Best Actress

Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person In The World 

Best Actor 

Caleb Landry Jones, Nitram

Best Director 

Leos Carax, Annette

Best Screenplay

Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car

Camera d’Or 

Murina by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

Short Film Palme d’Or 

Tian Xia Wu Ya by Tang Yi

Special Jury Mention for Short Film 

Ceu de Agosto by Jasmin Tenucci

The last film to win the Palme d’Or was Parasite in 2019. Bong Joon-ho’s movie went on to win four Oscars, including Best Picture, and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.