Friday, February 25, 2011
César du cinéma (César Awards) tonight at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris. The big winner of the night was Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men) by Xavier Beauvois, which took Best Film. It also captured Best Supporting Actor for Michael Lonsdale, and Best Cinematography. Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men) had led with eleven nominations.
But the French co-production The Ghost Writer took more awards with a total of four. It won Best Director for Roman Polanski, Best Adapted Screenplay (Polanski and Robert Harris), Best Original Score and Best Editing. Polanski was on hand to accept his awards and said, "I'm not used to making speeches but since this film was finished, I would like to thank all those without whom it could not happen, everyone who supported me, my wife and my daughter, my associates and all my other friends."
Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg (vie héroïque) won for Best Actor (Eric Elmosnino), Best Sound and Best First Feature. Le Nom des gens (The Names of Love) was also a multiple winner with Best Actress (Sarah Forestier) and Best Original Screenplay (Michel Leclerc, Baya Kasmi).
The inaugural César for Best Animated Film went to the lyrical hand-drawn film by Sylvain Chomet, L'Illusionniste (The Illusionist), also nominated at the Oscars for animation. The winner for Best Foreign Film was David Fincher's The Social Network. The Documentary winner was Océans by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud.
Quentin Tarantino was awarded an honorary César award by his Inglourious Basterds stars Diane Kruger and Christoph Waltz. Antoine de Caunes hosted the event for the seventh time and actress Jodie Foster presided over the ceremony.
Complete list of winners for the 36th annual César du cinéma
Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men), Xavier Beauvois
Sarah Forestier, Le Nom des gens (The Names of Love)
Eric Elmosnino, Gainsbourg (vie héroïque)
Roman Polanski, The Ghost Writer
Best Supporting Actress
Anne Alvaro, Le Bruit des glaçons (The Clink of Ice)
Best Supporting Actor
Michael Lonsdale, Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men)
Best Newcomer (Female)
Leïla Bekti, Tout ce qui brille (All That Glitters)
Best Newcomer (Male)
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos, le film
Best First Film
Gainsbourg (vie héroïque), Joann Sfar
Best Original Screenplay
Michel Leclerc, Baya Kasmi, Le Nom des gens (The Names of Love)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Robert Harris, Roman Polanski, The Ghost Writer
Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, The Ghost Writer
Daniel Sobrino, Jean Goudier et Cyril Holtz, Gainsbourg (vie héroïque)
Caroline Champetier, Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men)
Best Art Direction
Hugues Tissandier, Les Aventures extraordinaires d'Adele Blanc-Sec (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec)
Best Costume Design
Caroline de Vivaise, La Princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier)
Hervé Deluze, The Ghost Writer
Best Short Film
Logorama, François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain
Best Animated Film
L'Illusionniste (The Illusionist), Sylvain Chomet
Best Foreign Film
The Social Network, David Fincher (United States)
Océans, Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud