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Cannes 2012: The Winners and Losers

Séamas McSwiney is our guest film correspondent with decades of experience in film journalism, and work published in some top international publications. For the past fortnight he has been reporting for us from the Cannes film festival, and here he reveals the big winners. 

The cloud filled skies in the middle days of Cannes 2012 also coincided with some of the darkest films, three of which are already described here in this blog. Despite their "feel-bad" impact, their artistic quality was such that they finally ended up with awards at Sunday night's closing ceremony.

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The Best Joke at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe

The biggest annual arts festival in the world has been taking place in Edinburgh over the past month, as thousands of comedians, actors, dancers and singers gathered for the Edinburgh Fringe.

The event is held in Scotland's capital every year throughout the month of August and attracts some of the most famous acts from around the world. It has a mixture of stand-up comedy, sketch shows, dance acts, and theatre ranging from the contemporary to Ancient Greek Classics. The size of the festival is quite amazing- in 2009 there were 34,265 performances of 2,098 shows in 265 venues and almost 2 million tickets sold.

This Year's Winners

As this year's festival begins to wind down, various awards are being given out for stand out performances. One of the most coveted awards in comedy circles is the best joke of the festival. This year, the honour went to relatively unknown comedian Nick Helm (pictured above) with this joke:

"I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."

If you think that is bad, then think again, as at the other end of the scale, Paul Daniels, an old, famous entertainer and magician, was awarded the ‘honour' of worst joke of the festival with this terrible effort:

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