by Ken Korman
New Orleans filmmaker Benh Zeitlin won the coveted Camera d'Or prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival today for his new film Beasts of the Southern Wild. The Camera d'Or is awarded each year at Cannes to the best film by a first-time director. Beasts also won the grand jury prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. It's very unusual for a film to win top awards at both Sundance and Cannes.
According to live blogging by England's daily national newspaper The Guardian, Zeitlin said "Thank you to everybody at home" even before remembering to thank the jury and the Festival.
This year's Palm d'Or—the top prize at Cannes—was awarded to Amour, by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke.