"I grew up in Glasgow and there weren't a lot of options for the future", she once said.
Sofia Coppola claimed the best director prize for her civil war drama remake The Beguiled and the Grand Prix honour was given to Robin Campillo's 120 Beats Per Minute.
Coppola accepted her award and gave thanks to director Jane Campion for being a role model, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Jane Campion is now the only woman to have ever won the festival's highest and most prestigious honour, the Palme d'Or, for her film The Piano in 1993-an award she shared with a co-winner that night, Chen Kaige, for Farewell, My Concubine. This is the second time in the festival's history that a woman has won this prize, following Yuliya Solntseva for "The Story of the Flaming Years" back in 1961.
Phoenix won best actor for his performance in the thriller You Were Never Really Here, while Kruger won best actress for her role in Fatih Akin's In The Fade. The award recognises a strong film that missed out on the top prize, the Palme d'Or.
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar presided over a jury that included German director Maren Ade, American actress Jessica Chastain, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, French multi-hyphenate Agnes Jaoui, South Korean director Park Chan- wook, American megastar Will Smith, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino and French composer Gabriel Yared.
Soldiers try to restore order in besieged Philippine city
According to a report on "Balitang America", Sereno said it is important not only to make a stand on issues but to act as well. Placing Mindanao under martial law empowers the Philippine military to supersede civilian authorities in enforcing the law.
Triple Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for playing a traumatised hitman in Lynne Ramsay's ultra-violent "You Were Never Really Here".
Kidman wasn't at the French Riviera ceremony on Sunday night but sent a video message from her home in Nashville, Tennessee. He said his leather shoes had been flown ahead of him. "This is totally unexpected. you can see from..."
Coppola's win not withstanding, the number of female filmmakers represented at the festival this year left quite a bit to be desired.
He fake-cried and said in halting French, "merci beaucoup madames et monsieurs".
Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev, a wrenching drama about moral rot gnawing at Russian society under Vladimir Putin, took the third place jury prize.
On the plus side, there were a number of women on this year's winners list.