In Contention's Top 10 Cannes Film Festival losers
Rounding up some of the greatest Competition entries not to win a single award
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10. "Do the Right Thing" (1989)
Young America ruled at Cannes in 1989, with the 26 year-old Steven Soderbergh deservedly taking the Palme d'Or for his slinky debut feature "sex, lies and videotape," while James Spader and Meryl Streep took the acting prizes -- but the stars-and-stripes affair didn't extend to 32 year-old Spike Lee, whose furious, bracing study of tinderbox racial tensions on a scorching summer day in New York won critical plaudits, but no love from the Wim Wenders-headed jury. (Lee did, however, have one vocal supporter on the jury in the shape of Sally Field, who reportedly voiced her displeasure at the outcome to the director himself on their return flight from France.) Months later, the Academy caught flak for passing over Lee's film, but the slight began here.