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"Marty" (Delbert Mann, 1955, United States)
By 1955, Cannes had settled into a more recognizable format (and place in the calendar), while the Competition featured several films that either had already received Oscar recognition ("The Country Girl," "Carmen Jones") or would go on to do so ("East of Eden," "Bad Day at Black Rock"). But the Palme d'Or winner, as determined by French author Marcel Pagnol's jury, was a modest Bronx romance, based on a Paddy Chayefsky teleplay, between an overweight butcher and a shy schoolteacher: "Marty" was already a sleeper hit in the US by the time of its Cannes triumph, and went on to beat the not-exactly-vintage lineup of "Picnic," "The Rose Tattoo," "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing" and "Mister Roberts" to the Oscar. Unlikely leading man Ernest Borgnine lost Best Actor at Cannes to Spencer Tracy for "Bad Day at Black Rock"; both were nominated at the Oscars, though this time Borgnine came out on top.