It may have been lashing out of the heavens in Cannes last night, but it certainly didn't dampen the mood as Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Baz Luhrmann, Isla Fisher, and the cast of The Great Gatsby took to the red carpet for the 66th Film Festival's opening ceremony.

Umbrellas proved the ultimate fashion accessory as the stars braved the rain. Carey and Leo were clinging to the brollies, but Moulin Rouge star Nicole Kidman (who is a member of the Festival Jury this year) didn't seem to mind a bit of drizzle at all. In fact, she told The Daily Mail that she loved being caught in the downpour. DiCaprio looked dapper in his smart black suit and admitted taking on the lead role of the main man himself carried "enormous pressure".

"What is so great about this novel and why people still discuss it nearly 100 years later and still have arguments about the meaning of each sentence and each word and each bit of symbolism, is because it's left up to the interpretation of you as a reader. 'In a way it's a recipe for disaster because so many people are going to say, 'That's not how I felt Daisy should be or how Gatsby should be.' I just looked at it as an incredible character to take on, something that was subtle in its approach but had so much depth and meaning in every single line." the actor told BBC News.

Cannes Jury President Stephen Spielberg was also on the carpet for the big night. He'll be holding court with the likes of Ms Kidman, Ang Lee and Christoph Waltz to decide who will win the much coveted Palme d'Or prize on May 26th. "I expect to be surprised, I expect to be moved", he said. No pressure lads.

With 20 movies vying for awards, it's going to be an action packed festival: Be sure to check back with us for all the latest news, photos, and Red Carpet gossip.