Oscar rivals Spielberg, Ang Lee reunited at Cannes
Jury president Steven Spielberg, left, speaks with jury member Ang Lee during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
CANNES, France (AP) — Recent Oscar rivals Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee are together again at the Cannes Film Festival.
The two are serving as jurors at the French Riviera festival. In February, they were the two favorites for best director at the Academy Awards. In an upset, Lee won for his 3-D shipwreck saga "Life of Pi" over Spielberg for the Civil War epic "Lincoln."
From left, jury members Lynne Ramsay, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Auteuil, Vidya Balan, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Kawase and Cristian Mungiu pose for photographers during a photo call for the jury at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
But in Cannes, Spielberg is Lee's boss. He's president of the nine-person jury that Lee is also sitting on. Along with fellow jurors Nicole Kidman and Christoph Waltz, they'll choose the winner of the Palme d'Or — arguably the only other award in movies on par with an Oscar.
In a press conference Wednesday, Lee said the two are friends and called Spielberg "my hero."