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Ang Lee and Nicole Kidman Join Steven Spielberg on Cannes Jury

April 25, 2013 (6:30 am) GMT
The 'Life of Pi' director and the 'Stoker' star are included in Spielberg-led jury to decide on this year's Palme d'Or winner at the festival running May 15-26.

The 66th Cannes festival, which runs from May 15-26, will have the most star-studded jury in history. Founded in 1946, the most prestigious film festival has announced that Steven Spielberg, who serves as president of the jury, will be joined by Ang Lee and . Interestingly, all of them are Oscar winners.

"The Oscars (connection) is a coincidence as all these people are friends of Cannes. And don't forget that these stars are also involved and engaged in independent cinema," Cannes Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux told The Associated Press.

The "sparkling jury" is filled with other glittering names. "" star , French actor Daniel Auteuil and Bollywood blockbuster actress Vidya Balan are among the starry jury members. India becomes the special guest of this year's festival in celebration of Indian cinema's 100th anniversary.

Additionally, several directors take parts as the festival's jurors, including former Palme d'Or winner Cristian Mungiu, Scottish helmer Lynne Ramsay and Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase.

The highest honor given out at the festival is the Palme d'Or for the best film. The group of nine will decide which film deserves it among 20 entries, including Steven Soderbergh's "", Roman Polanski's "" and "", which stars .

"" actress will preside over the opening and closing ceremonies for the festival.

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