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"M*A*S*H" (Robert Altman, 1970, United States)
After the closely spaced successes of "Marty" and "Friendly Persuasion," the US didn't score another Palme d'Or winner for 13 years, and by the time it did, a bold new generation of filmmakers had announced itself. One of the few outright comedies to take the festival's top prize, Robert Altman's loose, ribald Vietnam satire wasn't a universally popular choice at the time, but it remains the best-remembered title out of a politics-heavy Competition lineup. It went on to score five Oscar nominations, including Altman's first. While it was too offbeat to wrestle the top prize from a more strait-laced war film, "Patton," it received its compensation in the form of a writing award -- to this day, the Academy's routine treatment for Best Picture nominees that color a little outside the lines.