Rounding up some of the greatest Competition entries not to win a single award
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3. "Notorious" (1946)
Alfred Hitchcock never won anything at Cannes, despite being in Competition three times. Two of those were for lesser films ("I Confess" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much"), but "Notorious" rather pointedly struck out in the very first festival, a year when the top prize was shared between no fewer than 11 films -- "Brief Encounter" and "The Lost Weekend" among them -- establishing a resistance to genre fare that would become routine for Cannes. Hitch was at least in good company: Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast" got nothing either.
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