Thursday, 29 January 2015


Most Cesar-related stories are today focusing on the surprise nomination for Kristen Stewart in Best Supporting Actress for Clouds of Sils Maria - not surprising that the film has snagged such a nod, given its popularity with voters, but surprising given that she's the first female American actor in 30 years to be up for a Cesar. Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, which received mixed reviews when it premiered last May at Cannes, leads with ten nominations, bolstered by a healthy performance in technical categories. With its mentions for Best Film and Best Director, it comfortably bests fellow YSL biopic, Jalil Lespert's Yves Saint Laurentwhich is up for seven. Those two films ought to have the Best Costumes category sewn up between them already. My money for the big prize is on Cannes record-breaker Love at First Fight. A note: the heavyweight Best Foreign Film category could contain two Best Picture Oscar winners, should either Boyhood or The Grand Budapest Hotel win The Academy's top award. The Cesars take place on the 20th of February. Their nominees are featured in full below:

Best Film
The Belier Family (Eric Lartigau)
Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
Eastern Boys (Robin Campillo)
Hippocrates (Thomas Lilti)
Love at First Fight (Thomas Cailley)
Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello)
Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)

Best Director
Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria)
Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent)
Thomas Cailley (Love at First Fight)
Robin Campillo (Eastern Boys)
Thomas Lilti (Hippocrates)
Celine Sciamma (Girlhood)
Abderrahmane Sissako (Timbuktu)

Best Actor
Niels Arestrup (Diplomacy)
Guillaume Canet (Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart)
Francois Damiens (The Belier Family)
Romain Duris (The New Girlfriend)
Vincent Lacoste (Hippocrates)
Pierre Niney (Yves Saint Laurent)
Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent)

Best Actress
Juliette Binoche (Clouds of Sils Maria)
Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
Catherine Deneuve (In the Courtyard)
Emilie Dequenne (Not My Type)
Adele Haenel (Love at First Fight)
Sandrine Kiberlain (Elle l'Adore)
Karin Viard (The Belier Family)

Best Supporting Actor
Eric Elmosnino (The Belier Family)
Guillaume Gallienne (Yves Saint Laurent)
Louis Garrel (Saint Laurent)
Reda Kateb (Hippocrates)
Jeremie Renier (Saint Laurent)

Best Supporting Actress
Marianne Denicourt (Hippocrates)
Claude Gensac (Lulu in the Nude)
Izia Higelin (Samba)
Charlotte le Bon (Yves Saint Laurent)
Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria)

Best Original Screenplay
The Belier Family
Clouds of Sils Maria
Love at First Fight

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Blue Room
Lulu in the Nude
Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart
Not My Type

Best Cinematography
Beauty and the Beast
Clouds of Sils Maria
Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent

Best Editing
Love at First Fight
Party Girl
Saint Laurent

Best Set Design
Beauty and the Beast
La French
Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent

Best Costumes
Beauty and the Beast
La French
The New Girlfriend
Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent

Best Sound
Bird People
Love at First Fight
Saint Laurent

Best Score
Bird People
Love at First Fight
Yves Saint Laurent

Best Animated Film
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Stephane Berla)
Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (Helene Giraud and Thomas Szabo)
Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore)

Best Documentary
Cartoonists: Footsoldiers of Democracy?
Les Chevres de ma Mere
National Gallery
The Salt of the Earth
School of Babel

Best Foreign Film
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)
Mommy (Xavier Dolan)
Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

Best Debut Feature
Elle l'Adore
Fidelio: Alice's Journey
Love at First Fight
May Allah Bless France!
Party Girl

Best Newcomer (Female)
Lou de Laage (Respire)
Louane Emera (The Belier Family)
Josephine Japy (Respire)
Ariane Labed (Fidelio: Alice's Journey)
Karidja Toure (Girlhood)

Best Newcomer (Male)
Kevin Azais (Love at First Fight)
Ahmed Drame (Once in a Lifetime)
Kirill Emelyanov (Eastern Boys)
Pierre Rochefort (Going Away)
Marc Zinga (May Allah Bless France!)

Best Short Film
The Days Before
La Femme de Rio
My Sense of Modesty
La Viree a Paname

Best Animated Short
Anatole's Little Saucepan
Bang Bang!
La Buche de Noel
Les Petits Cailloux