5 Surprises at 2011 Cannes

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The French film fest kicked off Wednesday; see which interesting events have already gone down and what's still in store.

When the entertainment industry sets up shop in the French Riviera, things are bound to get interesting. 

Here are five of the most surprising moments at this year's Cannes film festival.

1. Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris is a huge hit. The film, which stars Owen Wilson as a 21st century man who time-travels to 1920s Paris, received big laughs and lots of applause from the infamously picky festival critics. Rachel McAdams also stars, and French First Lady Carla Bruni's has a cameo.

2. Lady Gaga creates a dance party on the Croisette.  "It was so lovely performing with the ocean," the singer said to the crowd, who sang and danced along to a rendition of her hit song "Judas" on the festival's opening night. "I would've liked to have jumped in after the performance!" 

3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to walk the red carpet together. Hollywood's most powerful duo both have films premiering at the fest on different days (hers: Kung Fu Panda 2; his: The Tree of Life) . But they've already created huge buzz with the expectation that they'll walk the red carpet together for the debut of Pitt's film. 

4. After premiering four films in Cannes and never winning a prize, Bernardo Bertolucci takes home the fest's inaugural lifetime achievement Palme d'Or. The Last Tango in Paris, Little Budda and The Last Emperor director thanked the Cannes judges for giving him the award "for this film made up of segments of all my films."

5. Salma Hayek sports a hand-painted organza floral shrug. It wouldn't be Cannes without fashion risks, and the Pirates of the Caribbean and Puss in Boots star was the first to step out in a non-traditional number.