The Cannes Festival Diary: Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee are full of mutual love
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Wednesday 15 May 2013
Some may have expected fireworks between two contenders for this year’s best director Oscar who also meet on the Cannes Film Festival jury, but Steven Spielberg insists there are no hard feelings at losing out to fellow juror Ang Lee this year.
Spielberg, who is president of a star-studded jury including Nicole Kidman, Lynne Ramsay and Christoph Waltz, said: “Ang and I have been friends for a long time and we’ve never ever been competitors. We’ve always been colleagues and that will just continue. And certainly I worship Life Of Pi and therefore I worship Ang Lee as well.”
The press conference became a mutual love-in as Lee said: “I don’t think any result would change how I feel about him or even myself. He’s my hero.”
Spielberg did have a cheeky dig at the Oscars, however. “It’s such a relief that we are going to be seeing movies… and we don’t have to go through the campaigning,” he said. “There’s always campaigning for the Oscar election. There’s no campaigning here and that’s a breath of fresh air for me.”
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