The announcement was made at the Cannes Closing Ceremony, where Timothy expressed his surprise at winning the highly-coveted award.
Timothy Spall poses with the Palme D'Or Prize
Speaking to a room full of Hollywood’s biggest stars, directors and producers, Timothy said: “I’ve always been the bridesmaid at these awards. I’ve been nominated for BAFTA awards but never won. Now I’m the bride and this is my wedding breakfast!”
Timothy had travelled to Cannes earlier in the week for his film’s premiere, however shortly afterwards he left the South of France, heading towards Holland by boat with his wife.
It was there that he received a call from one of the festival officials stating he should return to France, though they could not tell him why.
Timothy explained the situation to the Daily Mail, stating: “I said ,’Why’ and he said,’I can’t tell you why, just come back’.”
When Timothy and his wife Shane made it to Nice airport, he noticed everyone was behaving unusually.
Timothy gave an emotional acceptance speech
Critics have already begun speculating over who will be nominated for the Oscars in 2015, and Timothy’s Cannes win makes him a hot favourite.
While Timothy’s movie received plenty of praise at the festival, not every star was as successful.