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2011 Cesar: The Results

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Another year, another show: And what a show it was! This time the pickings have been particularly rich for the 2011 Cesar... With such a high quality of films, it was difficult to predict who would walk away with awards, but in the end it seems that Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men was the winner with three of the most coveted awards (including best film). The other favourite, Gainsbourg, was duelly rewarded as well in, amongst other things, Best Actor and the Best First Film category. Personally, the surprise of the night for me was the succes of The Ghost Writer, a film that, though it received a certain amount of attention when it came out on this side of the pond, didn't get any where near the kind of critical acclaim it seems to have received in France... cinematic tastes will differ!


Best Film: Of Gods and Men

Jodie Foster gave Xavier Beauvois the first of many awards that night for his beautiful film Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes et des Dieux).

Best Director: Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer)

Roman Polanski received another award to add to his collection for The Gost Writer. The ever-beautiful Nathalie Baye awarded it to him.

Best Foreign Film: The Social Network

It may have lost out to the King's Speach at the Oscars, but David Fincher's "The Social Network" got the head's up at the Gallic awards!

Best Actress: Sara Forestier (Le Nom de Gens)

François Cluzet handed the coveted award to the much deserving Sara Dorestier for her role in Le Nom Des Gens.

Best Acteur: Eric Elmosnino (Gainsbourg)

Frankly, no surprise here. Infact, there probably would have been mass protest had he not been awarded Best Actor for his amazing performance as Gainsbourg (though a part of me is a teeny bit sad for Lambert Wilson- I have always had a soft spot for him).

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Alvaro (Le Bruit des Glacons)

I almost thought Laetitia Casta was going to swing it, being the only person able to smoulder as much as la Bardot herself...

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Lonsdale (Of Gods and Men)

Lonsdale's performance as the stoic doctor monk was possibly my favourite of the film- which is saying something considering the high quality cast- and I am glad he was duely recognised.

Best First Film: Gainsbourg

Again: thank god! As tough as the competition was this year, Joann Sfar's stunning and original biopic is still the film that stands out most for me from 2010: the fact that it is his first ever film makes his achievement all the more remarkable.

Best Screenplay: Baya Kasmi and Michel Leclerc ( Le Nom des Gens)

The ravishing Emmanuelle Beart presented the duo with their award for their fantastic screenplay.

Best Adaptation: Robert Harris and Roman Polanski (The Ghost-Writer).

I am not entirely sure why this film has received so much more attention at the French awards. Personnaly, I was left slightly underwellmed by it, but the French have always had more of a penchant for the controversial director.

Best Documentary: Oceans, by Jacques Perrin

A beautiful film which definitely deserved the award, though I'm glad Benda Bilili was also recognised.

Best Animated Film: L'Illusionniste, Sylvain Chomet

No surprise there: this fantastic and touching animated film by the creator of the equally wonderful Belleville Rendez-vous was miles ahead of the competition.

Best Newcomer (female): Leila Bekhti

The wonderful Leila is becoming increasingly present on the screen, and with good reason: her performance in All that Glitters (Tout ce qui brille) was both sassy and touching. An actress full of charisma and undeniably one to watch!

Best Newcomer (male): Edgar Ramirez

Only his winning Best Newcommer could make up for him not being nominated in the Best Actor catefory for his amazing performance in Carlos. I must, however, say that, as glad as I am with this result, part of me was gunning for Pio Marmai after his turn in Living on Love Alone (D'Amour et d'eau fraiche)- I've been harbouring a not-so-secret crush on him since The First Day of The Rest of your Life...


Best Costumes: Caroline de Vivaise (The Princess of Montpensier)

The clear winner of the category, Caroline's stunning costumes were integral to the film, and brought it to a whole other level visually.

Best Photography: Caroline Champetier (Of Gods and Men)

Yet another win for Of Gods and Men, and rightly so: there were moments in the film when the photography simply took my breath away.

Best Music: Alexandre Desplat (The Ghost Writer)

I am still in shock from this announcement. Honestly? I cannot believe that Gainsbourg was not even nominated in this category.

Best Sound:  Daniel Sobrino, Jean Goudier et Cyril Holtz (Gainsbourg)

Still reeling from the earlier omission from the "music" category...



  • And finally, an honorary Cesar was awarded to Quentin Tarantino by Diane Kruger and Christopher Waltz for his contribution to the film industry.


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