Updated: Wed, 01 May 2013 14:45:00 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Cannes: Best Actor Winners

Mads Mikkelsen (2012)

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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 reknowned 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.

  • Mads Mikkelsen (2012)

Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen won in 2012 for his performance in The Hunt, in which he played a man wrongly accused of child abuse.