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Tom Cruise conquers Cannes with fighter jets, a standing ovation, and a surprise honorary Palme d’Or

Tom Cruise conquers Cannes with fighter jets, a standing ovation, and a surprise honorary Palme d’Or

Never try to outguess the Cannes Film Festival. The yearly gathering of cinema’s elite has bestowed its top prize, the Palme d’Or, to many groundbreaking international auteurs over the years, like Luis Buñuel, Federico Fellini, and Akira Kurosawa. Recent winners include Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Hirokazu Kore-eda, and Ruben Östlund. Geniuses all, but hardly the bunch that packs ‘em in at the local AMC.

But on Wednesday, Festival Director Thierry Frémaux led the exalted festival right into the Danger Zone. It presented A-list crowdpleaser Tom Cruise with an honorary Palme d’Or at the out-of-competition screening of “Top Gun: Maverick.” The award was said to be unexpected.

The first honorary Palme d’Or was given to Ingmar Bergman in 1997, awarded to correct the fact that the Swedish filmmaker had never won one for a competition title. Five years later Woody Allen won the second honorary Palme, and they’ve

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