Friday, 31 January 2014


Two films which premiered (in different competitions) at Cannes last May and which both won major awards there, and which I caught last October in London, and which feature plenty of (simulated) gay sex lead this year's Cesar nominations with eight each, alongside a third LGBT-themed film with ten. And they're both excellent films, too. Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake and Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Colour lead the nominations, featuring in the same or mirroring categories, just behind Guillaume Gallienne's Me, Myself and Mum. Awards will be handed out on the 28th of February, two days before the Oscars. P.S. In what world is Golshifteh Farahani a newcomer?!

Best Film
9 Month Stretch
Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Jimmy P.
Me, Myself and Mum
The Past
Stranger by the Lake
Venus in Fur

Best Director
Arnaud Desplechin (Jimmy P.)
Albert Dupontel (9 Month Stretch)
Asghar Farhadi (The Past)
Guillaume Gallienne (Me, Myself and Mum)
Alain Guiraudie (Stranger by the Lake)
Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)
Roman Polanski (Venus in Fur)

Best Actor
Mathieu Amalric (Venus in Fur)
Michel Bouquet (Renoir)
Albert Dupontel (9 Month Stretch)
Gregory Gadebois (One of a Kind)
Guillaume Gallienne (Me, Myself and Mum)
Fabrice Luchini (Cycling with Moliere)
Mads Mikkelsen (Michael Kohlhaas)

Best Actress
Fanny Ardant (Bright Days Ahead)
Berenice Bejo (The Past)
Catherine Deneuve (On My Way)
Sara Forestier (Suzanne)
Sandrine Kiberlain (9 Month Stretch)
Emmanuelle Seigner (Venus in Fur)
Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)

Best Supporting Actor
Niels Arestrup (Quai d'Orsay)
Patrick Chesnais (Bright Days Ahead)
Francois Damiens (Suzanne)
Patrick d'Assumcao (Stranger by the Lake)
Olivier Gourmet (Grand Central)

Best Supporting Actress
Marisa Borini (A Castle in Italy)
Francoise Fabian (Me, Myself and Mum)
Julie Gayet (Quai d'Orsay)
Adele Haenel (Suzanne)
Geraldine Pailhas (Jeune & Jolie)

Best Original Screenplay
Mariette Desert and Katell Quikkevere (Suzanne)
Albert Dupontel (9 Month Stretch)
Asghar Farhadi (The Past)
Alain Guiraudie (Stranger by the Lake)
Philippe le Guay (Cycling with Moliere)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Antonin Baudry, Christophe Blain and Bertrand Tavernier (Quai d'Orsay)
Arnaud Desplechin, Kent Jones and Julie Peyr (Jimmy P.)
Guillaume Gallienne (Me, Myself and Mum)
David Ives and Roman Polanski (Venus in Fur)
Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)

Best Cinematography
Sofian El Fani (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)
Thomas Hardmeier (The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet)
Jeanne Lapoirie (Michael Kohlhaas)
Lee Ping Bin (Renoir)
Claire Mathon (Stranger by the Lake)

Best Editing
Valerie Deseine (Me, Myself and Mum)
Jean-Christophe Hym (Stranger by the Lake)
Albertine Lastera, Jean-Marie Lengelle and Camille Toubkis (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)
Christophe Pinel (9 Month Stretch)
Juliette Welfling (The Past)

Best Production Design
Yan Arlaud (Michael Kohlhaas)
Benoit Barouh (Renoir)
Aline Bonetto (The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet)
Sylvie Olive (Me, Myself and Mum)
Stephane Rozenbaum (Mood Indigo)

Best Costumes
Olivier Beriot (Me, Myself and Mum)
Pascaline Chavanne (Renoir)
Anina Diener (Michael Kohlhaas)
Florence Fontaine (Mood Indigo)
Madeline Fontaine (The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet)

Best Sound
Lucien Balibar, Cyril Holtz and Nadhine Muse (Venus in Fur)
Marc-Antoine Beldont, Olivier Do Huu and Loic Prian (Me, Myself and Mum)
Jerome Chenevoy, Jean-Paul Hurier and Fabien Pochet (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)
Jean-Pierre Duret, Jean Mallet and Melissa Petitjean (Michael Kohlhaas)
Philippe Grivel and Nathalie Vidal (Stranger by the Lake)

Best Original Music
Jorge Arriagada (Cycling with Moliere)
Alexandre Desplat (Venus in Fur)
Loik Dury and Christophe Minck (Chinese Puzzle)
Etienne Charry (Mood Indigo)
Martin Wheeler (Michael Kohlhaas)

Best Animated Feature Film
Aya of Yop City
Loulou, l'Incroyable Secret
My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill

Best Documentary
Comment J'Ai Deteste les Maths
Il Etait une Foret
The Last of the Unjust
La Maison de la Radio
Sur le Chemin de l'Ecole

Best Foreign Film
Blue Jasmine
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Dead Man Talking
Django Unchained
The Great Beauty

Best First Film
Age of Panic
La Fille du 14 Juillet
The Gilded Cage
Me, Myself and Mum
Turning Tide

Most Promising Actor
Paul Bartel (Les Petits Princes)
Pierre Deladonchamps (Stranger by the Lake)
Paul Hamy (Suzanne)
Vincent Macaigne (Le Fille du 14 Juillet)
Nemo Schiffman (On My Way)

Most Promising Actress
Lou de Laage (Jappeloup)
Pauline Etienne (The Nun)
Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)
Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone)
Marine Vacth (Jeune & Jolie)

Best Short Film
Just Before Losing Everything
La Fugue
Les Lezards
Marseille la Nuit

Best Animated Short Film
Kiki of Montparnasse
Lettres de Femmes