Canadian Wins Best Actress At Cannes

Suzanne Clement is honoured at most famous of film events.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Actress Suzanne Clement, who appears in the new Xavier Dolan flick "Laurence Anyways," has won the Best Actress award in the Cannes Film Festival competition Un Certain Regard.

The French performer is known for her roles in TV projects such as "Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin," "Cover Girl" and "Grande Ourse," as well as films like "Tromper le silence," "Tough Luck" and "J'ai tué ma mère." Her impressive acting chops have earned her a number of accolades, including three nominations and two wins for the Gémeaux Awards along with one Genie Award nod. In Dolan's cross-dressing drama "Laurence Anyways," Clement tackles the role of Fred Belair – it's the love story of an engaged couple and their tribulations after the man reveals his hopes of becoming a woman. It also stars Paris actor Melvil Poupaud ("44 Inch Chest," "Time to Leave") and Mainneville, France native Nathalie Baye ("Les hommes de l'ombre," "The Young Lieutenant").

Clement shares her Cannes' award with actress Emilie Dequenne, who was acknowledged for her role in Joachim Lafosse's "A Perdre la Raison." The Un Certain Regard competition is a yearly event at Cannes, and this year winners were chosen from 20 films and announced at a ceremony on Saturday night. The jury for the contest was spearheaded by British actor Tim Roth.

The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up this weekend – for info on all the movies that were presented as well as awards that were handed out, visit their official website here.