Carell, right, and Channing Tatum in a scene from "Foxcatcher." (AP Photo/Cannes Film Festival)
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A Hollywood wrestling drama, a British biopic of an iconic artist and an intimate Turkish look at a troubled marriage led the pack for Cannes' top prize Tuesday.Halfway through the competition, critics cheered a few standout pictures among 18 contenders vying for the coveted Palme d'Or in what they called a surprise-filled year.Based on du Pont's real-life murder of an Olympic wrestling medallist in 1996, the film features a nearly unrecognizable Carell in an understated performance that is a far cry from his comic antics.Cannes watchers said "Winter Sleep" could finally bring Ceylan the Palme d'Or. His feature was the bookies' favorite to win ahead of the 12-day festival.Jean-Philippe Guerand, a critic with Film Francais for more than two decades, called the competition films a "good selection full of surprises".
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