Updated: Tue, 13 May 2014 10:45:00 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Cannes: Best Actor winners

The Cannes Best Actor award has been won by an impressive range of stars

Cannes Best Actor (© Rex Features / Getty Images)
  • Cannes Best Actor (© Rex Features / Getty Images)
  • Bruce Dern (© Getty)
  • Mads Mikkelsen (© Associated Press)
  • Jean Dujardin (2011) (© Reuters)
  • Javier Bardem and Elio Germano (2010) (© Associated Press)
  • Christoph Waltz (2009) (© Reuters)
  • Benicio del Toro (2008) (© Associated Press)
  • Konstantin Lavronenko (2007) (© Reuters)
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There aren't many high-profile acting awards which can see an unknown Japanese teenager win one year and an internationally renowned US movie veteran triumph the next.

However, the roll call of winners for the Cannes Best Actor category truly captures the magic of the festival - a level playing field where actors in low-budget productions from all over the world can compete with some of the most famous faces in Hollywood.

We look at some of the names - big and small - who have been handed the prize in recent years...

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