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"Missing" (Costa-Gavras, 1982, Greece)
Cannes was quite into ties at this point, as Costa-Gavras's powerful political thriller set in the Pinochet era, starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek, shared the Palme d'Or with the similarly political, but significantly less name-heavy Turkish drama "Yol." The jury, frankly, was spoiled for choice: runners-up included Werner Herzog's "Fitzcarraldo," the Taviani Brothers' "Night of the Shooting Stars" (which won the National Society of Film Critics' Best Picture prize later that year) and Alan Parker's career-best "Shoot the Moon." They were keen enough on "Missing" to hand Lemmon their Best Actor prize; he was duly nominated at the Oscars the next year, as was the film. Neither could beat "Gandhi," though Costa-Gavras took an Adapted Screenplay award to bookend his 1969 foreign-language win for "Z."