Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee join Cannes jury

PARIS – The Cannes Film Festival announced its most Hollywood-heavy jury lineup in years Wednesday, with a list that includes Oscar winners Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz and Ang Lee.

Veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who is 2013’s jury president, will make this an Oscar-winning quartet – a rare event for a festival that prides itself on celebrating less mainstream, independent cinema.

“The Oscars (connection) is a coincidence as all this people are friends of Cannes. And don’t forget that these stars are also involved and engaged in independent cinema,” Cannes Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux told The Associated Press.”It has to be legitimate and glamorous… They all have their (unique) place in the jury,” he added.

Kidman, who trod the festival’s red carpet last year for “Paperboy,” will certainly add a glamour factor, but will join a host of lesser known, but equally important, industry names.