Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele" took top honors Sunday at the closing ceremony of this year's Cannes Film Festival, with the panel of judges awarding the Palme d'Or to director Abdellatif Kechiche and the two stars, who play lesbian lovers, Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux.

The lengthy French film - tells the coming-of-age love story of a 15-year-old girl (Exarchopoulos) whose life changes when she falls for an older woman (Seydoux), and it attracted media attention - and that of filmgoers - for its explicit, but beautifully filmed and sensuous, sex scenes.

Twenty films competed at the 66th edition of the awards for the Palme d'Or, one of the movie world's most prestigious honors.

Receiving the festival's second-most-prestigious award - the Grand Prix - was the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," and the third-ranked award, the jury prize, was bestowed on "Like Father, Like Son," directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.

Bruce Dern won the award for best actor for his performance in "Nebraska," a father-son road trip to collect a lottery prize directed by Alexander Payne, while Berenice Bejo won best actress for her role in "The Past," by Asghar Farhadi, the story of a single mother's interactions with her ex-husband and her new fiancé.

Mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante won best director for "Heli," a violent film about the ongoing drug war, while best screenplay went to "A Touch Of Sin" by Jia Zhangke, a film about the corruption and violence unleashed in China by its economic boom.

The judging panel consisted of Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman and Christoph Waltz.

Comedian Jerry Lewis, Alfred Hitchcock's iconic actress Kim Novak and Alain Delon all received special tributes at the festival.

Also attending the awards ceremony were well-known entertainers like Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Marion Cotillard, Justin Timberlake, Matt Damon, Benicio del Toro, Tilda Swinton and Emma Watson, each of whom took his or her turn for the paparazzi on the red carpet.

Other famous names on hand among the glitterati included Sharon Stone, Janet Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Eva Herzigova, Rosie Huntington, Spaniard Eugenia Silva, Karolina Kurkova, Nicole Kidman, Adrien Brody, Goldie Hawn and Kristin Scott Thomas.

The festival gala each year gathers actors, artists and models from all over the world to collect funds to fight HIV-AIDS, this year pulling in 19.4 million euros ($25 million) in the auctioning of a trip into space with DiCaprio as well as the promise of having a photographic portrait created by Annie Leibovitz.

This year's showcase film festival was marked at various points by two blanks fired into the air from a starter's pistol by an apparently unbalanced man that startled everyone present, along with the theft from a hotel room of Chopard jewelry valued at about 776,000 euros ($1 million) and, on May 21, the theft of a necklace belonging to Swiss jewelry firm De Grisogono valued at 2 million euros ($2.5 million). EFE