Spike Lee made a spectacular blunder when he announced the winner of the Palme d’Or during the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.
The esteemed director, 64, who led the festival’s nine-member award jury this year, took the stage to announce the award winners and misunderstood the host when she asked him to read “which prize is the first prize.”
Following the unclear instructions, Spike instead announced the winner of the festival’s top prize, announcing that the prestigious award had gone to Titane, directed by Julia Ducournau.
Oops! Cannes Film Festival judge Spike Lee accidentally revealed the Palme d’Or winner before handing out the awards in a spectacular gaffe at Saturday’s closing ceremony
The award is only the second time ever that a female director has won the top prize at the festival in its 74-year history.
The horror film stars Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier and Laïs Salameh, the first two accompanied Julia on stage.
Despite the mistake, Julia warmly shook Spike’s hand as she comforted him for causing the high-profile accident when she accepted the award.
The director also hugged actress Sharon Stone as she took the award, while Spike kept looking sheepish behind them.
Mistake: The esteemed director, 64, prematurely revealed that Titane, directed by Julia Ducournau (left), had won the top prize
Oh dear: Spike was seen with his head in his hands after he made the mistake
Winner: Spike was chatting with Julia after she revealed that she is the coveted Palme d’Or. had won
Panic: Despite the accident, Julia warmly shook Spike’s hand as she comforted him for making the high-profile accident when she accepted the award
Joking: Spike was seen animated with Maggie Gyllenhaal after the mistake
The misstep is reminiscent of the hilarious moment Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway falsely announced that La La Land had won the Best Picture Award at the Oscars in 2017.
In a heart-pounding moment, the stars and producers of La La Land were stopped halfway through their acceptance speeches and forced to hand over their trophies to the stars of Moonlight after their film was announced as Best Picture in one of the biggest blunders in Oscar history.
The horrific ending to an otherwise triumphant show left audiences gasping in horror when Beatty revealed that he had mistakenly read La La Land as the winner.
Award: Julia’s award is only the second time a female director has won it (Julia starring Sharon, Spike, and Titane stars Vincent Lindon, center, and Agathe Rousselle, second right)
Chaos: The director also hugged actress Sharon Stone when she took the award, while Spike kept looking sheepishly behind them
Emotional: Julia seemed in tears when she took the award from Sharon
Working on it! Sharon looked stunning as she took the stage to present the Plame d’Or award at the closing ceremony
Winner: Rosamund Pike gave director Nadav Lapid the jury award for the film Ha’berech (Ahed’s Knee / Le genou d’Ahed)
Host with the most: Rosamund was seen talking to the audience during the awards ceremony
While Spike may have made a presentation mistake, he brought style to the stage in a striking sky-print suit.
The edgy ombre outfit mixed from blue to purple, pink, yellow and turquoise hues in an enchanting abstract pattern.
He wore the rainbow ensemble over a plain white shirt and stylish black satin tie.
Not afraid to wear accessories, Spike topped off his outfit with a black and red hat, a chunky cross necklace, and bold orange glasses.
Edgy: While Spike may have made a presentation mistake, he brought style to the stage in a striking sky-print suit
Wow: The edgy ombre outfit mixed from blue to purple, pink, yellow and turquoise hues in a mesmerizing abstract pattern
Colorful: Not afraid to wear accessories, Spike completed his outfit with a black and red hat, a sturdy cross necklace and striking orange glasses