UPDATE: For the second year in a row, France’s César Awards have thumbed their nose at the Oscars. Robin Campillo’s lauded activist drama BPM scored the Best Film prize tonight in Paris, along with wins for editing, original screenplay, supporting actor, score and more. The Cannes Grand Jury Prize laureate had earlier been a shocking omission from the Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film.
This follows a similar situation last year which saw Paul Verhoeven’s Elle not make the AMPAS shortlist cut, but go on to myriad prizes including a Golden Globe and the Césars for Best Film and Actress.
In total, BPM walked away with six prizes tonight after entering the derby for France’s equivalent to the Oscar with 13 nominations. It was tied for noms with Albert Dupontel’s drama Au Revoir Là-Haut for which Dupontel scooped Best Director among other wins.
Also among notable winners, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s FL Oscar nominee Loveless won for Best Foreign Language Film.
The evening was punctuated by white ribbons sported on dresses and lapels in support of the newly-launched local version of Times Up, #MaintenantOnAgit (Now We Act). Penelope Cruz, the recipient of an honorary César, was among those wearing the ribbon and was visibly emotional when she accepted her prize from longtime collaborator Pedro Almodovar. France, she said, “has always been very generous with me” while noting the country’s “love of culture and freedom.” To Almodovar, she said, “you know you are the reason I decided to do cinema… Thank you for the homage you give to women with your cinema.”
PREVIOUS, 12 PM PT: France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma is handing out its César Awards tonight in Paris. Nominations for the local equivalent of the Oscars are led by Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner (and Oscar snubee) BPM and Albert Dupontel’s drama Au Revoir Là-Haut with 13 each. The industry tonight strolled the red carpet leading to Paris’ Salle Pleyel sporting white ribbons in solidarity with a recently launched local version of Times Up, #MaintenantOnAgit (Now We Act). Penelope Cruz, recipient of an honorary César tonight, was among them.
A typically laborious affair (despite last year’s George Clooney/Jean Dujardin diversion) that has been criticized for being disconnected from the moviegoing public at large, the Césars this year is looking to embrace a wider audience. For the first time, the Académie is recognizing the French film with the most ticket sales in the previous year. That will go to Dany Boon’s Raid Dingue tonight, and comes just as his La Ch’tite Famille released on Wednesday, scoring the biggest debut since the filmmaker’s own Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis in 2008.
In the Foreign Film category are such Oscar nominees as Dunkirk, Loveless, The Square and last year’s La La Land.
We’ll be updating on the ceremony and winners as they’re announced. Follow along below.
BPM, dir: Robin Campillo
Jeanne Balibar, Barbara
Albert Dupontel, Au Revoir Là-Haut
Swann Arlaud, Petite Paysan
I Am Not Your Negro, dir: Raoul Peck
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sara Giraudeau, Petit Paysan
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Loveless, dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Albert Dupontel, Pierre Lemaitre, Au Revoir Là-Haut
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Antoine Reinartz, BPM
BEST DEBUT FEATURE
Petit Paysan, dir: Hubert Charuel
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Le Grand Méchant Renard Et Autres Contes, dirs: Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Pépé Le Morse, dir: Lucrèce Andreae
Mimi Lempicka, Au Revoir Là-Haut
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Robin Campillo, BPM
Arnaud Reotini, BPM
BEST SHORT FILM
Les Bigorneaux, dir: Alice Vial
Robin Campillo, BPM
BEST SET DESIGN
Pierre Quefféléan, Au Revoir Là-Haut
BEST NEWCOMER, FEMALE
Camélia Jordana, Le Brio
Olivier Mauvezin, Nicolas Moreau, Stéphane Thiébaut, Barbara
Vincent Mathias, Au Revoir Là-Haut
BEST NEWCOMER, MALE
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, BPM