Rounding up some of the greatest Competition entries not to win a single award
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9. "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" (1959)
Pity poor Alain Resnais. Though one of the most admired filmmakers of the French New Wave, the man has never won the Palme d'Or, and is taking his sixth stab at it with "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" this year. His strongest two attempts, however, were both unconventionally scuppered. 1968's "Je t'aime, je t'aime" was the favorite to win until that year's festival was called off due to nationwide political protests. More unfairly still, his still-potent 1959 debut, a meditation on political and personal relations between East and West, was disqualified from the Competition, after festival organizers feared it would offend the American government. Ironically, it wound up getting Oscar-nominated for its screenplay. (Palme winner that year: "Black Orpheus.")
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