We say it every year — often repeatedly — over the course of
Oscar reason, as we puzzle over the quirks and oversights of the Academy’s
choices: Actors and filmmakers are not critics.
We don’t say it as often at the Cannes Film Festival,
though it’s just as often applicable. For every year the Cannes jury — composed
mostly of working industry professionals — echoes their approval of a critics’
pet in Competition ("Blue is the Warmest Color” or "Amour,” to name two recent
Palme d’Or winners), there’s another where they express a very different