Cannes Palme d'Or winners turned Best Picture nominees
'Amour' joins 13 others to have transitioned from the Croisette to Oscar's spotlight
"Apocalypse Now" (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979, United States)
Francis Ford Coppola's second Palme d'Or winner occupies a unique position in the ranks of Cannes champs: it's the only film to win the top prize after screening as a work in progress. Of course, following its notoriously troubled and repeatedly delayed production, pressure on Coppola's delirious but dazzling Vietnam opus to deliver was so extreme that the jury, led by French author Francoise Sagan, evidently felt it was sufficiently ready to be hailed as something great -- though they made it share the Palme with Volker Schlondorff's brilliant, upsetting WWII allegory "The Tin Drum." Neither film was overlooked by the Academy the next year: while "The Tin Drum" won the Best Foreign Language Film award, Coppola's film raked in eight nominations. Unfortunately, voters had had their fill of Coppola by then, handing his masterwork a pair of technical prizes, while opting for the safer comforts in "Kramer vs. Kramer" in the top races. Also in Competition: "Norma Rae," for which Sally Field's Best Actress win on the Croisette set her on the path to her first Oscar.