Following a vote that startled many reporters covering the Venice Film Festival, Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke's Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) seemed to come out of nowhere to wind up as the winner of the festival's prestigious Golden Lion award. The reporters' favorite, The Queen, did receive a best-actress award for its star, Helen Mirren. Giving his career a new lease on life, the Venice panel awarded Ben Affleck its best actor award for his performance in Allen Coulter's Hollywoodland, in which he portrays George Reeves, who starred in the original Adventures of Superman TV series in the 1950s. The festival's Silver Lion for directing was awarded to veteran French director Alain Resnais for Private Fears in Public Places, while Spike Lee took the Horizons documentary prize for When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans.