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Worst: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'Inside Out' not in competition
For the first half of Cannes you couldn't get through a day without running into someone wondering why "Mad Max: Fury Road" or "Inside Out" were not in competition. Even by the end it was obvious that, at the least , "Fury Road" was markedly more of an achievement than half the official competition titles. Rumor is the festival hierarchy was slightly taken aback by the criticism (could the jury members possibly have mentioned it as well?), having never even brought up the prospect with either studio. And our sources tell us these two studios didn't appear to ask for a competition slot either. The hope among the Cannes faithful is that this oversight will force the festival to be more open to bigger "Hollywood" films in the future.*
*It should be noted "Sicario" was produced by Lionsgate, but with the Coens and Jake Gyllenhaal having major ties to that thriller's brain trust, it had no shot at any recognition. It was practically playing out of competition by default.