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May 17, 2011

Blog Guy, why don’t you actually go to Cannes to cover that annual Film Festival?

Oh, I don’t smoke.


From the looks of our coverage every year Cannes is just one big ashtray, a throwback to the 1950s when nobody worried much about lungs.

And it’s not just that they smoke, it’s WHERE they smoke. Check out these photo captions. Lighting up during a news conference? Puffing away on the red carpet and during photo calls?

Really? You can’t go two minutes without smoking while the world press takes your picture?

Still, it’s an important event, Blog Guy. They award that prestigious Palme d’Or every year.

Yeah, but what I don’t know is how they choose the winning film, since I’m pretty sure all the judges actually see in the theater is just clouds of smoke.

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Top: Director Aki Kaurismaki lights a cigarette during a news conference at the Cannes Film Festival, May 17, 2011. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Combo top left: Sean Penn, President of the Jury, attends a news conference at the Cannes Film Festival May 14, 2008. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Combo top right: Actor Gerard Depardieu arrives on the red carpet for the screening of a film at the Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2010. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Combo lower left: Cast member Javier Bardem smokes a cigarette as he arrives to attend a photo call at the Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Combo lower right: Cast member Catherine Deneuve smokes a cigarette during a photo call at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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Is it just me or is Sean Penn being to look eerily like Mel Gibson?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

“..and the rest goes up in smoke…”

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Javier Bardem can achieve a level of acting so badass that he gets captioned in the plural form. A level of achievement surpassed only by Chuck Norris and his roundhouse kick!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I fixed that, pilot. Thanks.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Mamselle Deneuve used to be stunning. Don’t smoke kids!

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

@Nosmo: yeah, he kind of does look Gibsonish and now it is a creepy photo.

Ah, the Ash Cannes Film Festival! Matchless films, screen flames on the carpet (or are those cigarette burns?)and all the famous hacking coughs!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Sean Penn looks good, Nosmo, but in an evil way. 😛

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Is it just me, or does it appear that Monsieur Depardieu has NO neck. I think his ears are directly attached to his shoulders.
And I used to think that Javier Bardem was badass, but then I saw how soft he was in “Eat, Pray, Love”. My wife made me go – Really!!!

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

Or maybe his shirt collars, Jibberish…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Jibberish: Eat, Pray Love–that was one vapid movie!

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

Well gee now that you fixed it my comment makes no sense!

Oh wait…well played Mr. B. well played.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive