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Spike Lee says sorry for premature announcement of Palme d'Or winner

Writer: Heidi Hsia

He was in deep shock that he made such a blunder
He was in deep shock that he made such a blunder

19 Jul – Spike Lee recently admitted that he had made a mistake after jumping the gun in announcing the French film, "Titane" as the winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

The filmmaker, who is the jury president, expressed his thoughts at the post-award press conference, saying that he has no excuses except that he messed it up.

"I'm a big sports fan. It's like the guy at the end of the game in the foul line, he misses the free throw, or a guy misses a kick. So no apologies... I was very specific to speak to the people of Cannes and tell them that I apologise. They said forget about it," he stated.

You can watch the blunder here:

Lee surprised many at the ceremony when he accidentally announced French director Julia Ducournau's body horror-thriller, "Titane" as the winner of the said top prize, just before announcing Caleb Landry Jones as the Best Actor winner for "Nitram".

Later in the evening, the director apologised before announcing the said winner, saying, "In my 63 years of life, I've learned people get a second chance. So this is my second chance. I apologise for messing up. It took a lot of suspense out of the night."


Director Julia Ducournau wins Palme d'Or award for "Titane"


"Titane" has been called the most shocking film of 2021

On the other hand, Ducournau became only the second female director to win the said award throughout the festival's history aside from Jane Campion, who won it in 1993 for "The Piano".


Cinema Online, 19 July 2021

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