The Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Awards are two of the most prestigious European celebrations of outstanding cinema in the world. Two films have won both the Palme d’Or and the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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Palme d’Or is the most prestigious prize at the Cannes Film Festival, literally meaning “Golden Palm.” It was introduced to the Cannes Film Festival in 1955 as the Oscar equivalent of Best Motion Picture.

‘Marty’ and, more recently, ‘Parasite’ were the two films.

There have been numerous other films that were first shown at Cannes and went on to win Academy Awards.

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‘Marty’ (1995)

Delbert Mann’s acclaimed romantic drama follows the life of Marty Piletti (Erest Borgnine), a stout bachelor butcher who lives in the Bronx with his mother (Esther Minciotti). ‘Marty’ won the Palme d’Or and four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing, and Best Actor for Ernest Borgnine.

‘Parasite’ (2018)

‘Parasite’ follows the Kim family as they struggle to make ends meet until son Ki-woo discovers an unexpected opportunity. 

Directed by Bong Joon Ho, this film was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to become the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture.

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‘The Silent World’ (1956)

The Silent World premiered at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival and won the Palme d’Or. The film also won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. This is also one of the first films to use colour underwater cinematography to depict the ocean’s depths.

‘Black Orpheus’ (1959)

The Palme d’Or and the Best Foreign Language Oscar went to ‘Black Orpheus,’ a gentle film about desire and hatred, revenge and death starring Marcel Camus, Marpessa Dawn, and Breno Mello.

‘La Dolce Vita’ (1960)

An epic, breathtakingly stylish cinematic landmark, directed and co-written by Federico Fellin won the Palme d’Or and the Best Costume Design.

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‘A Man and a Woman’ (1966)

A film about a widow and a widower finding their relationship developing into love directed by Claude Lelouch won Palme d’Or and the two Oscars, one for its screenplay and another for Best Foreign Language Film.

‘Mash’ (1970)

The film depicts the story of a unit of medical personnel stationed at a hospital in Korea during the Korean War. The film won the Palme d’Or and went on to receive five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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‘Apocalypse Now’ (1979)

Directed by  Francis Ford Coppola, shared the Palme d’Or with ‘The Tin Drum’ and was nominated for eight Oscars and won two, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

‘The Tin Drum’ (1979)

After splitting the Palme d’Or with ‘Apocalypse Now,’ the Volker Schlöndorff film won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar with ease.

‘All That Jazz’ (1980)

This Bob Fosse musical won the Palme d’Or and went on to win four Oscars, Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Film Editing.

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‘Missing’ (1982)

‘Missing’ won the Palme d’Or and went on to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The lead actor in this film Jack Lemmon won Cannes’ Best Actor prize.

‘The Mission’ (1986)

‘The Mission’ won the Palme d’Or and an Oscar win for Best Cinematography.

‘Pelle the Conqueror’ (1987)

This Danish film won the Palme d’Or and won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language.

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‘The Piano’ (1993) 

This Jane Campion‘s film won the Palme d’Or and the lead actress, Holly Hunter won the Best Actress prize at both Cannes and the Oscars.

‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994)

‘Pulp Fiction’ debuted at Cannes and polarized audiences by winning the Palme d’Or and winning Best Screenplay at the Oscars.

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‘The Pianist’ (2002)

‘The Pianist’ won the Palme d’Or and Director Roman Polanski won the Award for Best Directing and lead actor Adrian Brody won the Best Actor in a leading role at the Oscars.

‘Amour’ (2012)

‘Amour’ won the Palme d’Or and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.