The Cannes Film Festival Jury president Spike Lee made quite the mistake on Saturday during the announcement of this years winners as he accidentally announced the film festival’s 2021 Palme d’Or winner ahead of schedule on Saturday during the closing ceremony.
Lee expressed regret stating,
“I have no excuses. I messed up,” he said during the jury press conference for the 74th Cannes Film Festival. “I’m a big sports fan. It’s like the guy at the end of the game in the foul line, he misses the free throw, or a guy misses a kick.”
Lee went on to say that he communicated with the representatives of the festival to express his regret.
“I was very specific to speak to the people of Cannes and tell them that I apologize. They said forget about it,”
“We love cinema, and it’s a great honor for us to be on the jury,” Lee aid. “This year, especially, after COVID-19. This is historic. Besides me fucking up, this is historic.”
Lee made his initial mistake when the ceremony’s hostess, French actress Doria Tillier, prompted him to share the evening’s first prize.