December 05, 2016

France’s César Awards are handed out

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We’re only two days out from the Oscars now, but today and tomorrow we have some other awards to report on, starting off right now with the just announced César Awards, which are the French equivalent of the Academy Awards. There’s no real Academy crossover to speak of, but it’s an interesting ceremony to take note of anyway. Any award show is worthwhile in my book, and I hope you agree as well.

The Best Picture prize went to Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!, which also saw Guillaume Gallienne win Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, while favorite son over there Roman Polanski took Best Director for Venus in Fur. Among more notable winners, The Broken Circle Breakdown won Best Foreign Film while Adèle Exarchopoulos took the Best Female Newcomer prize for her amazing work in Blue is the Warmest Color. Voters spread things around otherwise, as you’ll be able to see below.

Again, this means almost nothing for Oscar, unless you really want to extrapolate and try and make the case that The Broken Circle Breakdown could pull an upset on Sunday in the Best Foreign Language Feature category. Still, I was thrilled to see Exarchopoulos get noticed here, so consider me relatively pleased overall by these results.

Here now are all of the César award winners:

BEST PICTURE
Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!

BEST DIRECTOR
Roman Polanski, Venus In Fur

BEST ACTOR
Guillaume Gallienne, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!

BEST ACTRESS
Sandrine Kiberlain, 9 Mois Ferme

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Niels Arestrup, Quai D’Orsay

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Adèle Haenel, Suzanne

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Guilaume Gallienne, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Albert Dupontel, 9 Mois Ferme

BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Broken Circle Breakdown

BEST SHORT FILM
Avant Que De Tout Perdre, Xavier Legrand

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Thomas Hardmeier, The Young And Prodigious Mr Spivet

BEST EDITING
Valérie Deseine, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Loulou L’Incroyable Secret, Eric Omond

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Mademoiselle Kiki Et Les Montparnos, Amélie Harrault

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Sur Le Chemin De L’Ecole, Pascal Plisson

BEST SOUND
Jean-Pierre Duret, Jean Mallet & Mélissa Petitjean, Michael Kohlhaas

BEST ART DIRECTION
Stéphane Rozenbaum, L’Ecume Des Jours

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Martin Wheeler, Michael Kohlhaas

BEST COSTUMES
Pascaline Chavanne, Renoir

BEST DEBUT FEATURE
Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!, Guillaume Gallienne

BEST NEWCOMER (Male)
Pierre Deladonchamps, Stranger By The Lake

BEST NEWCOMER (Female)
Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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