They fought it out in this year’s award season for Best Director and now Ang Lee (Life of Pi) will be joining Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) on this year’s jury panel for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Today (24 April) festival organisers named three more film heavy weights, and all fellow Oscar winners, that will be joining the prestigious jury panel at Cannes. Along with Lee, Australia’s Nicole Kidman (The Hours) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) will be part of the nine-member panel. The other panelists include jury president Steven Spielberg, writer Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Bollywood actress Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture), esteemed French actor Daniel Auteuil (Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources) and Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (2007 Palme d’Or feature film winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days).
With Spielberg, Kidman, Lee and Waltz sitting on the panel, this year’s jury is one of the more Hollywood-centric in recent years, according to E Online!. This year’s line up contains a number of highly anticipated films including Steven Soderberg’s Matt Damon/Michael Douglas Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis and Sofia Coppola’s Hollywood crime drama starring Emma Watson Bling Ring.
In true Cannes style the festival will kick off with the screening of Baz Luhrmann’s decadent adaptation of The Great Gatsby with an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCapiro, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from 15 to 26 May. For more details on the Festival, visit the official website.