Last night at Cannes was the ceremony everyone stays up for, and the one I missed, to my infinite regret. Crucially, it also marked the first year a Film Craft category was incorporated into the Lions.
Some really good stuff was awarded, material that was a pleasure to watch repeatedly over the course of the year. All in all, a crisis isn't a bad backdrop for the ad industry. Some beautiful, deeply human things have come out of it - work that makes us dream again.
Take a look down yonder. I am only listing Grand Prix, Integrated Grand Prix and Titanium Grand Prix winners. To see the rest, click on the category.
I'm about 24 hours late on this, because the universe of Cannes seems to have priorities (and possibly a wormhole?) of its own, but here are the Grand Prix winners from Wednesday night's ceremony at the Lions.
Q: If water could talk, what do you imagine it would say?
A: It depends on whether or not it would like to kill you.
Just wanted to give this "Water Talks" installation some coverage because it's gripping and chills-inducing work. It went down in the last two months or so. I'd never seen it, and neither had Adland's Ask "dabitch" Wappling. (We were both self-righteously upset by this.)
Here's the video.
Last night at the ceremony I livetweeted all Gold and Grand Prix winners in the categories above. If you weren't following along at @luckthelady, here's a breakdown of the Grand Prix winners.
Click on the category to see the full list of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners.
Media: Leo Burnett Sydney for "EOS Photochains," Canon EOS DSLR cameras. A cadaver exquis-style execution where users can post images, then other photographers take a piece of that image to continue the chain with a photo of their own.
A breakdown of the Grand Prix winners announced last night in the categories of Direct, Promo and Activation. Click on the category to see the full list of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners.
Direct: Orcon Broadband, "Orcon + Iggy Pop," Special Group Auckland. Users were invited to create video auditions, then post them on a dedicated Orcon site, for the chance to play live with Iggy Pop.
Here's one of the winning auditions (8 band members were chosen in total).
The girl has come a long way since her Dentsu Canon Crotch Shot debacle and her revealing mini-skirted fashion shoots. Yes, Maria Sharapova is all grown up now and at age 23 has decided to hang with the Evian Babies.
On signing a multi-year contract with Groupe Danone's Evian, Sharapova said, "The idea of youth as a state of mind caught my attention. I took a great pleasure in revealing my 'baby inside' while modeling for these photographs with Nathaniel Goldberg," said Sharapova. "I am a true Evian drinker and I really like this campaign as well as the idea behind it so it felt quite natural to join in."
The three-time Grand Slam champion can be seen sporting an Evian Baby shirt on the brand's Live Young Facebook page
Leo Burnett is out with a few teaser ads for Allstate. And they're good. With a character who takes on various personas such as "the key against your side door" and "a typical teenage girl," the ads make us keenly aware of typical automotive mishaps and make us aware Allstate is there when mayhem arrives.
A third ad beautifully captures lone motorcycle crashes in slow motion...with no drivers...only to drive home the point that motorcycles don't crash alone and Allstate is there to protect not only the bike but the driver as well. Very nice work. Click "more" to see the ads.
Not looking her hottest - and she can look incredibly hot - Milla Jovovich is fronting a new Escada Fall and Winter campaign. Shot by Peter Lindbergh, Jovovich looks quite mannish and isn't showing off any of her better qualities.
While our Cannes Corespondent Angela Natividad is bringing you the goods from the Southern France this week, it's our job to remind you the mundane world of advertising goes on despite the fact we all seem to think Cannes is the end all, be all event of the the industry.
Now. On to the mundane. OK, we wouldn't call in mundane but it's not Cannes-quality, whatever the hell that might be. Charlotte-based BooneOakley is out with a three spot campaign for Bojangles' Restaurant. In each of the three spots it's clearly illustrated "Bo Time" is far more important than whatever you might be occupied with at the given moment. That includes getting pulled over by the cops, a marriage proposal and, yes, impending birth.
It's with pleasure today that I discovered I lied in my last piece - that depressing waiting room-looking area isn't the only spot for screening ads in Cannes this week. A real-life theatre in Level 1 of the Festival screened a bunch of body care ads this afternoon.
I'm gonna spare you more starry-eyed harping about how OLD SPICE BRINGS JOY TO ALL THE UNIVERSE. Here's other stuff that stuck out, and at the end, a reflection on Axe.