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France's Cesar Nominations: 'Les Garçons Et Guillaume' Lead Way; 'Blue Is The Warmest Color', 'Stranger By The Lake' Tie For 2nd

les garconsUPDATE, 3:48 AM, PST: Gaumont’s local comedy Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!, which enjoyed a strong run at the French box office in 2013, bested all comers to lead the nominations for France’s César Awards this morning in Paris. The debut feature by Guillaume Gallienne is a virtual one-man show that also stars and is written by the helmer. In the autobiographical coming-of-age tale, he plays the two lead roles — himself and his mother, a woman for whom his love is boundless and by whom he has always been treated as the daughter she never had. It debuted in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight this year where it was a prize winner. Gallienne, who hails from the venerable Comédie Française, adapted the film (see trailer here) from his own stage show. The movie is nominated in 10 categories including Film, Director, Debut Feature, Actor and Adapted Screenplay. Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color follows with eight nominations including Best Film, Director, Actress (Léa Seydoux) and Female Newcomer (Adèle Exarchopoulos). Also scoring eight nods, including Best Film, is another Cannes entry, Stranger By The Lake, a movie that was met with controversy when it was released in France in June and saw its ad campaign pulled in two Parisian suburbs. The film is a gay-themed, sexually explicit thriller directed by Alain Guiraudie who was named Best Director in the Un Certain Regard sidebar in May and has a nomination as director for the Césars. Rounding out the Best Film picks are Albert Dupontel’s successful comedy 9 Mois Ferme; Arnaud Desplechin’s Cannes movie Jimmy P with Benicio Del Toro; Asghar Farhadi’s The Past; and Roman Polanski‘s Venus In Fur which is also heavily nominated across the races. Best Foreign Film mentions went to The Broken Circle Breakdown, Blancanieves, Blue Jasmine, Dead Man Talking, Django Unchained, The Great Beauty and Gravity. And, of particular note, Julie Gayet, who’s been linked to an alleged affair with French President François Hollande, scored her first nomination with a nod for Best Supporting Actress. The full list of nominees follows below my earlier post:

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cesar posterPREVIOUS, 1:15 AM PST: Nominations for France’s César Awards, the local equivalent to the Oscar, are being announced this morning in Paris. Eyes are on Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color, or La Vie D’Adèle: Chapitres 1 & 2, as it’s known in French. The film is expected to score myriad nods, but as with recent years, it wouldn’t be unprecedented to see a surprise film beat out the perceived leader and garner the most mentions. While box office was relatively bleak for local films in 2013, there are other favorites out there including François Ozon’s Jeune Et Jolie, Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur, Alain Giraudie’s Stranger By The Lake, Guillaume Gallienne’s Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table! and Albert Dupontel’s 9 Mois Ferme. Some of the above also played Cannes. The César ceremony will take place on February 28 in Paris with The Intouchables‘ François Cluzet presiding. Nominees follow, refresh for latest:

9 Mois Ferme
Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
Stranger By The Lake
Jimmy P
The Past
Venus In Fur
Blue Is The Warmest Color

Albert Dupontel, 9 Mois Ferme
Guillaume Gallienne, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
Alain Guiraudie, Stranger By The Lake
Arnaud Desplechin, Jimmy P
Asghar Farhadi, The Past
Roman Polanski Venus In Fur
Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Fanny Ardant, Les Beaux Jours
Bérénice Bejo, The Past
Catherine Deneuve, Elle S’En Va
Sara Forestier, Suzanne
Sandrine Kiberlain, 9 Mois Ferme
Emmanuelle Seigner, Venus In Fur
Léa Seydoux, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Mathieu Amalric, Venus In Fur
Michel Bouquet, Renoir
Albert Dupontel, 9 Mois Ferme
Grégory Gadebois, Mon Ame Par Toi Guérie
Guillaume Gallienne, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
Fabrice Luchini, Alceste A Bicyclette
Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Kohlhaas

Marisa Borini, Un Château En Italie
Françoise Fabian, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
Julie Gayet, Quai D’Orsay
Adèle Haenel, Suzanne
Géraldine Pailhas, Jeune Et Jolie

Niels Arestrup, Quai D’Orsay
Patrick Chesnais, Les Beaux Jours
Patrick D’Assumçao, Stranger By The Lake
François Damiens, Suzanne
Olivier Gourmet, Grand Central

Lou De Laâge, Jappeloup
Pauline Etienne, La Réliguieuse
Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color
Golshifteh Farahani, Syngué Sabour – Pierre De Patience
Marine Vacth, Jeune Et Jolie

Paul Bartel, Les Petits Princes
Pierre Deladonchamps, Stranger By The Lake
Paul Hamy, Suzanne
Vincent Macaigne, La Fille du 14 Juillet
Nemo Schiffman, Elle S’En Va

Albert Dupontel, 9 Mois Ferme
Philippe Le Guay, Alceste A Bicyclette
Alain Guiraudie, Strtanger By The Lake
Asghar Farhadi, The Past
Katell Quillévéré & Mariette Désert, Suzanne

Guilaume Gallienne, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr & Kent Jones, Jimmy P
Antonin Baudry, Christophe Blain & Bertrand Tavernier, Quai D’Orsay
David Ives & Roman Polanski, Venus In Fur
Abdellatif Kechiche & Ghalya Lacrois, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Florence Fontaine, L’Ecume Des Jours
Madeline Fontaine, The Young And Prodigious Mr Spivet
Olivier Bériot, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
Anina Diener, Michael Kohlhaas
Pascaline Chavanne, Renoir

Stéphane Rozenbaum, L’Ecume Des Jours
Aline Bonetto, The Young And Prodigious Mr Spivet
Sylvie Olivé, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
Yan Arlaud, Michael Kohlhaas
Benoît Barouh, Renoir

Lettres Des Femmes, Augusto Zanovello
Mademoiselle Kiki Et Les Montparnos, Amélie Harrault

Aya De Yopougon, Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie
Loulou L’Incroyable Secret, Eric Omond
Ma Maman Est En Amérique, Elle A Rencontré Buffalo Bill, Marc Boréal & Thibaut Chatel

La Bataille De Solférino, Justine Triet
La Cage Dorée, Ruben Alves
En Solitaire, Christophe Offenstein
La Fille Du 14 Juillet, Antonin Peretjatko
Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!, Guillaume Gallienne

Comment J’ai Détesté Les Maths, Olivier Peyon
Le Dernier Des Injustes, Claude Lanzmann
Il Etait Une Fôret, Luc Jacquet
La Maison De La Radio, Nicolas Philibert
Sur Le Chemin De L’Ecole, Pascal Plisson

Jorge Arriagada, Alceste A Bicyclette
Loïk Dury & Christophe ‘Disco’ Minck, Casse Tête Chinois
Etienne Charry, L’Ecume Des Jours
Martin Wheeler, Michael Kohlhaas
Alexandre Desplat, Venus In Fur

Avant Que De Tout Perdre, Xavier Legrand
Bambi, Sébastien Lifshitz
La Fugue, Jean-Bernard Marlin
Les Lézards, Vincent Mariette
Marseille La Nuit, Marie Monge

Thomas Hardmeier, The Young And Prodigious Mr Spivet
Claire Mathon, Stranger By The Lake
Jeanne Lapoire, Michael Kohlhaas
Mark Ping Bing Lee, Renoir
Sofian El Fani, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Christophe Pinel, 9 Mois Ferme
Valérie Deseine, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
Jean-Christophe Hym, Stranger By The Lake
Juliette Welfling, The Past
Camille Toubkis, Albertine Lastera & Jean-Marie Lengellé, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Marc-Antoine Beldent, Loïc Prian & Olivier Dô Hùu, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
Philippe Grivel & Nathalie Vidal, Stranger By The Lake
Jean-Pierre Duret, Jean Mallet & Mélissa Petitjean, Michael Kohlhaas
Lucien Balibar, Nadine Muse & Cyril Holtz, Venus In Fur
Jérôme Chenevoy, Fabien Pochet & Jean-Paul Hurier, Blue Is The Warmest Color

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