Since 1955, the Cannes Film Festival has awarded the Palme d’Or to some of the greatest filmmakers of all time, from Frances Ford Coppola to Jane Campion
. However, the prestigious golden leaf remains one of the hardest prizes to predict. While Oscar season involves thousands of voters and aggressive, months-long campaigns, the Palme d’Or race among the 20-odd films selected for Official Competition screen across 10 days for a jury of celebrated actors, filmmakers, and other influencers, some of whom can be fickle about their tastes. The jury typically watches two or three films per day, convening throughout the festival before deliberating at the very end. And while the jury president can wield some influence over the outcome, everyone gets a vote.
That means there’s no precise science for predicting the Palme d’Or contenders, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give it a shot. Each year,