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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1. "Three Colors: Red" (1994)
The Clint Eastwood-led jury's complete blanking of Krszyztof Kieslowski's immaculate trilogy-closer (and, as it turned out, final film) remains one of the biggest upsets in Cannes history: after "Blue" took the Golden Lion in Venice and "White" landed him Best Director in Berlin, "Red" was hotly favored by bookies to cap it all off with some Cannes gold, and the breathless reviews that greeted its premiere certainly didn't hurt. As it turned out, Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" proved an exciting spoiler for the Palme, but in an otherwise thin field that yielded two prizes apiece for "Queen Margot" and "To Live," nobody predicted that Kieslowski's masterwork would win nothing at all. Was trilogy fatigue a factor? Did the jury simply assume his day would come? Whatever the case, it's a regrettable oversight.
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