Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee join Cannes jury
05:00 AM, Apr 24, 2013
Forget the star-studded red carpets. The 2013 Cannes Film Festival jury has just become the most exclusive A-list club in town.
The festival announced Wednesday that Nicole Kidman, actor Christoph Waltz and director Ang Lee will join the jury for the festival running May 15-26.
Steven Spielberg has already been announced as the jury president, making the current jury of nine one of the most impressive in recent years.
“It is a sparkling Jury that will be presided over by American director and producer Steven Spielberg,” the festival website proclaimed Wednesday morning. “Eight international movie personalities of very high level will help him award the prizes.”
The new jury includes:
Vidya Balan (Indian actress)
Naomi Kawase (Japanese director)
Nicole Kidman (Australian actress/producer)
Lynne Ramsay (British scriptwriter/director/producer)
Daniel Auteuil (French actor/director)
Ang Lee (Taiwanese director/producer/scriptwriter)
Cristian Mungiu (Romanian scriptwriter/director/producer)
Christoph Waltz (Austrian Actor)
Waltz is the winner of two Academy Awards, including best supporting actor for Django Unchained in February. Lee won an Oscar for best director in February for Life of Pi, beating out fellow jury member Spielberg’s Lincoln. Kidman won the best-actress Oscar for the 2002 film The Hours.
The group will watch several movies a day during the 10-day festival deciding on the festival prizes including the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor.