Saturday, 25 February 2017


Elle wins Best Picture and Actress at the Cesar Awards, by some margin or another a better choice than the American Academy is due to make tomorrow night. That's the lot for Paul Verhoeven's controversial comedy-drama, however, as Cesar voters also choose to spread the wealth, much to my satisfaction. We'll just have to overlook the win for Xavier Dolan in Best Director... and Best Editing, however. Check out the Cesar nominations here as well.

Best Film

Best Director
Xavier Dolan (It's Only the End of the World)

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Best Actor
Gaspard Ulliel (It's Only the End of the World)

Best Supporting Actress
Deborah Lukumuena (Divines)

Best Supporting Actor
James Thierree (Chocolat)

Best Original Screenplay
Solveig Anspach and Jean-Luc Gaget (The Aquatic Effect)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Celine Sciamma (My Life as a Courgette)

Best Cinematography
Pascal Marti (Frantz)

Best Editing
Xavier Dolan (It's Only the End of the World)

Best Production Design
Jeremie D. Lignol (Chocolat)

Best Costumes
Anais Romand (The Dancer)

Best Sound
Fred Demolder, Marc Engles, Jean-Paul Hurier and Sylvain Rety (The Odyssey)

Best Original Score
Ibrahim Maalouf (In the Forests of Siberia)

Best Animated Film
My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras, Marc Bonny, Armelle Glorennec and Eric Jacquot)

Best Documentary Film
Thanks Boss! (Anne-Cecile Berthomeau, Edouard Mauriat, Francois Ruffin and Johanna Silva)

Best Foreign Film
I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach)

Best First Film
Divines (Houda Benyamina)

Best New Actress
Oulaya Amamra (Divines)

Best New Actor
Niels Schneider (Dark Inclusion)

Best Short Film
Maman(s) (Sylvain de Zangroniz and Maimouna Doucoure)
Vers la Tendresse (Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral and Alice Diop)

Best Animated Short Film
Celui Qui a Deux Ames (Sophie Fallot and Fabrice Luang-Vija)

Honorary Cesar
George Clooney