Cannes Palme d'Or winners turned Best Picture nominees
'Amour' joins 13 others to have transitioned from the Croisette to Oscar's spotlight
"The Mission" (Roland Joffé, 1986, United Kingdom)
Rarely has there been a less popular Palme d'Or winner than Joffe's exquisitely crafted but somewhat porridgey tale of a Jesuit missionary's South American odyssey -- though that's less to do with the film itself than the one it beat. "The Sacrifice," the final film from Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky -- who had recently been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer -- was widely seen as a shoo-in, and not just because of the overdue director's ill health. When Sydney Pollack's jury opted for the more middlebrow film, handing Tarkovsky the runner-up Grand Prix, critics were none too pleased, though "The Mission" went on to find a devoted audience of its own. Seven Oscar nominations followed, with a win for Chris Menges's cinematography -- though not, somewhat controversially, for Ennio Morricone's endlessly reappropriated score.