Amour sweeps Césars winning 5 top awards

Riva

Best Picture
Amour

Director
Michael Haneke, Amour

Actress
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Actor
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour

Original Screenplay
Michael Haneke, Amour

Adapted Screenplay
Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Rust & Bone

Supporting Actress
Valérie Benguigui, What’s In A Name

Supporting Actor
Guillaume de Tonquedec, What’s In A Name

Newcomer (Female)
Izia Higelin, Mauvaise Fille

Newcomer (Male)
Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust & Bone

Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, Rust & Bone

Sound
Antoine Deflandre, Germaine Boulay, Eric Tisserand, Cloclo

Cinematography
Romain Winding, Farewell, My Queen

Editing
Juliette Welfling, Rust & Bone

Costumes
Christian Gasc, Farewell, My Queen

Art Direction
Katia Wyszkop, Farewell, My Queen

First Film
Louise Wimmer, Cyril Mennegun

Foreign Film
Argo

Animated Film
Ernest Et Célestine, Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier

Documentary
Les Invisibles, Sébastien Lifshitz

Short Film
Le Cri Du Homard, Nicolas Guiot

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nominees below:

César

Best Picture
Farewell, My Queen
Amour
Camille Redouble
In The House
Rust & Bone
Holy Motors
What’s In A Name

Best Director
Benoît Jacquot, Farewell, My Queen
Michael Haneke, Amour
Noémie Lvovsky, Camille Redouble
François Ozon, In The House
Jacques Audiard, Rust & Bone
Leos Carax, Holy Motors
Stéphane Brizé, Quelques Heures De Printemps

Best Actress
Catherine Frot, Les Sauveurs Du Palais
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Noémie Lvovsky, Camille Redouble
Corinne Masiero, Louise Wimmer
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Léa Seydoux, Farewell, My Queen
Hélène Vincent, Quelques Heures De Printemps

Best Actor
Jean-Pierre Bacri, Cherchez Hortense
Patrick Bruel, What’s In A Name
Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
Vincent Lindon, Quelques Heures De Printemps
Fabrice Luchini, In The House
Jérémie Rénier, Cloclo
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour

Best Supporting Actress
Valérie Benguigui, What’s In A Name
Judith Chemla, Camille Redouble
Isabelle Huppert, Amour
Yolande Moreau, Camille Redouble
Edith Scob, Holy Motors

Best Supporting Actor
Samir Guesmi, Camille Redouble
Michel Vuillermoz, Camille Redouble
Benoit Magimel, Cloclo
Claude Rich, Cherchez Hortense
Guillaume de Tonquedec, What’s In A Name

Newcomer (Female)
Alice de Lencquesaing, Au Galop
Lola Dewaere, Mince Alors!
Julia Faure, Camille Redouble
India Hair, Camille Redouble
Izia Higelin, Mauvaise Fille

Necomer (Male)
Félix Moati, Télé Gaucho
Kacey Mottet Klein, Sister
Pierre Niney, Comme Des Frères
Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust & Bone
Ernst Umhauer, In The House

Best Original Screenplay
Bruno Podalydès, Denis Podalydès, Adieu Berthe – L’Enterrement De Mémé
Michael Haneke, Amour
Noémie Lvovsky, Maud Ameline, Pierre-Olivier Mattei, Florence Seyvos, Camille Redouble
Leos Carax, Holy Motors
Florence Vignon, Stéphane Brizé, Quelques Heures De Printemps

Best Adapted Screenplay
Lucas Belvaux, 38 Witnesses
Gilles Taurand, Benoît Jacquot, Farewell, My Queen
François Ozon, In The House
Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Rust & Bone
Matthieu Delaporte, Alexandre de la Patellière, What’s In A Name

Best Costumes
Christian Gasc, Farewell, My Queen
Pascale Chavanne, Augustine
Madeline Fontaine, Camille Redouble
Mimi Lempicka, Cloclo
Charlotte David, Populaire

Best Art Direction
Katia Wyszkop, Farewell, My Queen
Jean-Vincent Puzos, Amour
Philippe Chiffre, Cloclo
Florian Sanson, Holy Motors
Sylvie Olivé, Populaire

Best Animated Film
Edmond Etait Un Ane, Franck Dion
Ernest Et Célestine, Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier
Kirikou Et Les Hommes Et Les Femmes, Michele Ocelot
Oh Willy, Emma De Swaef, Marc Roels
Zarafa, Rémi Besançon, Jean-Christophe Lie

Best First Film
Augustine, Alice Winocour
Comme Des Frères, Hugo Gélin
Louise Wimmer, Cyril Mennegun
Populaire, Régis Rosnard
Rengaine, Rachid Djaidani

Best Documentary
Bovines Ou La Vraie Vie Des Vaches, Emmanuel Gras
Duch, Le Maître Des Forges De L’Enfer, Rithy Panh
Les Invisibles, Sébastien Lifshitz
Journal De France, Claudine Nougaret, Raymond Depardon
Les Nouveaux Chiens De Garde, Gilles Balbastre, Yannick Kergoat

Best Original Score
Bruno Coulais, Farewell, My Queen
Gaëtan Roussel, Joseph Dahan, Camille Redouble
Philippe Rombi, In The House
Alexandre Desplat, Rust & Bone
Rob, Emmanuel D’Orlando, Populaire

Best Short Film
Ce N’est Pas Un Film De Cow-Boys, Benjamin Parent
Ce Qu’il Restera De Nous, Vincent Macaigne
Le Cri Du Homard, Nicolas Guiot
Les Meutes, Manuel Schapira
La Vie Parisienne, Viencent Dietschy

Best Cinematography
Romain Winding, Farewell, My Queen
Darius Khondji, Amour
Stéphane Fontaine, Rust & Bone
Caroline Champetier, Holy Motors
Guillaume Schiffman, Populaire

Best Editing
Luc Barnier, Farewell, My Queen
Monika Willi, Amour
Annette Dutertre, Michel Klochendler, Camille Redouble
Juliette Welfling, Rust & Bone
Nelly Quettier, Holy Motors

Best Sound
Brigitte Tallandier, Fançis Wargnier, Olivier Goinard, Farewell, My Queen
Guillaume Sciama, Nadine Muse, Jean-Pierre Laforce, Amour
Antoine Deflandre, Germaine Boulay, Eric Tisserand, Cloclo
Brigitte Tallandier, Pascal Villard, Jean-Paul Hurier, Rust & Bone
Erwan Kerzanet, Josefa Rodriguez, Emmanuel Croset, Holy Motors

Best Foreign Film
Argo
Bullhead
Laurence Anyways
Oslo, 31 August
The Angels’ Share
A Royal Affair
A Perdre La Raison

 

 

 

85 Comments on this Post

  1. JohnOliver46

    A tic for tac-Argo nominated for best foreign film there, and Amour nominated for best foreign film. I’ll trade you the Cesar for the Oscar.

  2. Christophe

    Notable results so far:

    Matthias Schoenharts for Best Newcomer (Male)
    Rust & Bone for Best Adapted Screenplay
    Ernest Et Céléstine for Best Animated Feature (delightful movie picked up by GKIDS – likely to be nominated for an Oscar next year)

  3. eclipse22

    i have not seen any of these films alas, i’m a bad patriot at times but to be fair i have no way of seeing them either, i’m like in the one place that’s technically french but culturally english-speaking like many other caribbean islands

    the one theatre on the island only shows american movies, there is a cultural center that sometimes shows french films on one lonely screen but nobody goes there, even french citizens who don’t speak english good enough prefer to go to english speaking cinema

    but most of these films i’ll see them eventually on canal+ channel, which is like the HBO equivalent over here and also a big producer of many of these films and finance them

    i think amour might run away with the big prizes , most of these people are regular fixtures on my tv so even if i don’t know the film i’m happy for them

  4. Argo is the best of the foreign film nominees.

  5. Christophe

    lol eclipse22, I’m living in metropolitan France and I haven’t seen any of them either, except Amour, Ernest Et Célestine, Argo and A Royal Affair…

    On which island do you live? ST Martin?

  6. Christophe

    oh and I’ve also seen Farewell, My Queen, so I guess I’ve seen a bunch of them after all.

  7. Come on, ARGO won! How did this happen?!?!?!?!?!

  8. I’ll trade you the Cesar for the Oscar.

    Throw in Louis Garrel and you’ve got a deal.

  9. Christophe

    lol, right now there’s a skit: star wars directed by hanneke! hopefully it’ll be on youtube soon…

  10. Christophe

    Jean Dujardin’s sister in law is making a riff on My Heart Will Go On to introduce the Best Production Design and Best Editing, I guess they can’t entertain a crowd without joking about American studio movies, since nobody watches French films, not even in France…

    And said Cesars go to Farewell, my queen and rust & bone (4th award tonight).

  11. here’s a live french blog if you want, several winners have been announced already

    http://www.france24.com/en/20130222-liveblog-french-films-stars-gather-cesar-awards-movies-paris

  12. Christophe

    Michel Hazanavicius introduces Kevin Costner for the Lifetime Achievement Award: “the good thing with lifetime achievement is you already know you’ve won, the bad thing is to get it you must certainly be close to death”… so classy!

  13. Michel Hazanavicius introduces Kevin Costner for the Lifetime Achievement Award

    What has he achieved?

  14. Thats Riva up there!!!..i wonder if she will be at the Oscars,she didnt attend BAFTA….

  15. Antoinette

    So this happened already? I found a bunch of clips. But then the official site says it’s not for like 4 hours. http://www.canalplus.fr/c-cinema/c-ceremonie-des-cesar-sur-canal/pid5499-livetweet-en-direct.html

    Am I stuck in a time warp again?

  16. Christophe

    paddy, there’s always a hollywood actor either as ceremony president or lifetime achievement award sometimes both, they need it to add some star power, so obviously they don’t really look at their resume. plus, costner is shooting a movie in France with McGee so I guess he was the only American available since most of them are gearing up for the oscars.

    riobaldo, riva said on the ree carpet she’s hopping on a plane to LA right after the ceremony, so she’ll be at the oscars, hopefully wearing a daring see-through dress!

  17. Here is hoping both Jean Louis and Emmanuelle win! So sad that Isabelle Huppert lost :( She was also great in Amour

  18. Christophe

    Best joke of the evening: “Do you know why Jean Dujardin isn’t here tonight? Because he’s in Los Angeles losers!” So true!

  19. Jean Dujardin has no reason to be at the Cesars. He lost best actor last year to Omar Sy for the Intouchables.

  20. Christophe

    when they’re not sucking American dicks, winners praise belgium and spew some liberal nonsense… can’t wait for this mess to be over :)

    right now there’s charlotte gainsbourg on stage talking abt claude miller another boring french director… and the best director award goes to…

  21. Christophe

    Shocker!!! Haneke – Amour

  22. Christophe

    Haneke is not present tonight, I guess he’s already in LA and that’s understandable.

  23. Christophe

    Omar Sy introducing Best Actress…

  24. I’m watching it. I hope Marion Cotillard will win this.

  25. Ah, I love Corinne Masiero!

  26. Riva wins, and will win the Oscar too. Well deserved.

  27. Christophe

    And the César goes to….. Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

  28. awww darn! wish i could see her winning :( that live stream Julie doesnt work :(

    hopefully someone will post a clip later on youtube

  29. Christophe

    snoozefest

  30. Christophe

    literally, they just made two closeups on costner and he’s sleeping soundly.

  31. It seems Kevin Costner is sleeping while Riva is speaking…

  32. Christophe

    :) the award is too heavy for riva, hope she does that too on sunday night!

  33. Trintignant is good but Lavant deserved this!

  34. Christophe

    best actor – jean louis trintignant – amour

  35. Christophe

    his son is trying to call him live but the line is busy.

  36. Christophe

    here he is live on the phone for his very first cesar award at 82 yrs old.

  37. Christophe

    best pic – amour

  38. Ok, Amour. But the best french movie of the year is Holy Motors.

  39. Christophe

    ooh the French are so rude and so not funny, i should know smth abt it….

  40. Tero Heikkinen

    So, Amour wins “The Big Five”. Nice.

  41. Christophe

    here is another pic of riva during her speech:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/PremiereFR/status/305086669495865345

    i’m looking for another one when she asks omar sy to carry her cesar

  42. filmboymichael

    Riva looks amazing!

  43. Christophe

    here is costner receiving his award:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/canalplus/status/305078915083423744/photo/1

    i’m looking for a pic of him sleeping during riva’s speech

  44. thanks so much Christophe and everyone else who’s pointed us to great Cesar sources today.

  45. Costner was not sleeping but listening to the translation eyes closed.

  46. Christophe

    No Love (Amour) for Holy Motors:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/cinemacanalplus/status/305096006473756672

    Exclusive Pic from Star Wars Episode 7 by Haneke:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/PremiereFR/status/305072738610081794/photo/1

    Hopefully we’ll have the video soon, but I’m going to bed it’s past midnight here! bye

  47. ARGO!?

    Argo = gum on the bottom of your shoe

    Great pic of Riva. Amour deserves every award it received.

  48. daveinprogress

    Amour only opened in Australia two days ago, so i made sure i saw it pronto!
    I only wish that Trintignant had received even a fraction of the attention of his beautiful co-star. They were both so amazing in the film. I have changed my previous prediction in Actress category from Lawrence to Riva. I only predicted the former as it seemed she had the most steam after Globe/SAG, but after BAFTA and seeing it for myself, i could not in all honesty, with such a love of acting and storytelling, predict Lawrence to win. If i have any faith left in AMPAS (not much left anyway), they will reward the tour de force. Riva gave it everything she had and then some, and yet it is still a quiet, determined performance that is one for the ages (no pun intended). Both performances are. If the Academy liked it enough for 5 nods, it will recognise the performance way way out in front.

  49. eclipse22

    sorry i went for a powerwalk , there were so many big yachts on the waterfront , beautiful some people are indeed living the life…

    christophe, you sir have even less of an excuse than me LOL, (et oui tu as deviné d’ou je suis)

    i had a feeling amour would sweep here, can you imagine it swooping its category at the oscars

    felicitations to ARGO for best foreign film :)

  50. I’m moving to France.

  51. @daveinprogress: Amour screened here only last week and I watched it pronto too. After the film I immediately shifted my prediction and predilection to Riva, but now, I dunno, I really thought Lawrence lit up the screen every time she appeared whereas Riva suffered the same predicament as Naomi Watts in that they were bedridden during their films’ 2nd half. Yes of course they were still acting lying in bed and they were great, but Jennifer was alive and kicking and dancing and smouldering, in short, This Girl was on Fire!

  52. Bryce Forestieri

    TOO LATE, but it’s Carter (whatever the fuck you think of him) not some petty congressman in Affleck’s pockets.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/click/2013/02/jimmy-carter-argo-great-but-inaccurate-157592.html?hp=l19

    “And I hope it gets the Academy Award for best film because I think it deserves it. The other thing that I would say was that 90 percent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian. And the movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA. And with that exception, the movie is very good.”

    Yup, that tiny error.

  53. Bryce Forestieri

    “But Ben Affleck’s character in the film was only … in Tehran a day and a half,” Carter said. “And the main hero, in my opinion, was Ken Taylor, who was the Canadian ambassador who orchestrated the entire process.” –Carter

  54. daveinprogress

    @Reno – yep, i’m sticking with Riva. I was just so disappointed with SLP – not with Jennifer but with the writing and directing of the film. I find it impossible to endorse a film with such shallow and pretentious dealings of mental health. I enjoyed the performances especially DeNiro and Cooper, but i thought Jacki Weaver was awful – accent was all over the shop, and she looked horrendous. I felt that Jennifer was miscast – and was given really poor material to work with – lots of shouting and pointing and over reacting. I thought the script demeaned her, reducing her gender and her sexuality as well as her mental condition. But i would have still predicted her to win the Oscar (because my personal taste almost never matches with AMPAS – until along came Riva.

    I was sceptical, how could this 85 year old that i had never heard of (i am both honest and not an international cinephile), take the biggest prize from an American sweetheart – young, sexy, talented… But the two performances are just so not on the same page. Riva’s is transformative both physically and emotionally. Her descent is so heartbreaking, and her carrying out all of Haneke’s demanding direction places her into another zone for me, acting wise. Whether enough AMPAS voters feel the same way, we’ll see.

  55. @daveinprogress, I too don’t like SLP at all, sitcomish particularly the climax, but just like the prickly director from a past thread I isolated the standout acting from the muck that was the entire film.

    Here’s the thing with accents Dave, only those familiar with the accent can detect mistakes. Some of your favorite international films probably have messed up accents too but you didn’t catch it. Just let it go.

  56. daveinprogress

    It’s an Aussie thing to cut down tall poppies, Reno – even if it is the adorable and pint sized Jacki Weaver. I grew up with a big crush on her, and have been so proud of her international run of success after 40 years in the business, so to see and hear her so poorly deliver on screen, is tough to let go of.

    I even feel a bit guilty saying i enjoyed those performances, but i can forgive actors, but crappy writing and directing leaves a worse taste. As someone who battles mental illness, the movie is insulting and condescending, although i know many of the commenters on here did not find it so. I speak just from my experiences and feelings.

  57. I’m kind of sad that there was no love for Holy Motors which was a great film also. Whoever said Lavant was deserving is correct, but I can’t argue with Trintignant, who finally got some love for himself here. He was also heartbreaking in Amour. I’m happy to see Amour get some love at the Cesars. Now onto the Oscars.

  58. I can’t argue Trintignant over Lavant (even as Holy Motors was my #1 film of 2012 and I think Lavant’s performance is something that needs to be studied just because it is something I have never seen before). Those two were at the top of acting for me. Still think it is a shame Trintignant had no momentum for Best Actor, I’d gladly substitute it for Haneke’s screenplay. I think it would have helped Riva a lot if he was, actually. Having Haneke’s name in 4/5 categories really makes it easy for his skeptics and haters to ignore the film. Have two leads nominated and people will have to watch. That and I just think Trintgnant carries the film.

    And that best foreign film list for the Cesar Awards is so good and eclectic and it went to ARGO????? Our only US representative at that? For some reason I thought the French would be taken by The Master and Paul Thomas Anderson (who loves him some Max Ophuls).

  59. @Christophe

    I met a french girl here in Rio last week and she told me she had never heard of “Holy Motors” and “Rust and Bone”. even worse, she told me exactly what you said earlier here: “when we see that a film is in french, we just stay as far away as we can”. this is verbatim.

    I don’t know if you, Christophe, are french, but please know that french cinema STILL has a huge audience abroad! “Holy Motors” (my 3rd favourite of 2012) was a very big hit here in Brazil.

    guess the “grass is greener…” thing is true after all!!!

  60. What if Amour would sweep the Oscar on Sunday Night.

  61. @joe

    if that happened, I’d be a very very happy man!

  62. Argo again !! Surely this has nothing to do with the Affleck snub. Maybe people really like this film. Just a thought

  63. I’ve been trying to be friendly to people here so far, and I’m about to post my top 10 of 2012. I disagree with most here (I think), but I think the opinion of a faithful (11 year-old fan?) follower should be valid.

    here’s my top 10.

    1 – Cloud Atlas
    2 – Rust and Bone
    3 – Amour, a film by Michael Haneke
    4 – Holy Motors
    5 – Looper
    6 – The Master
    7 – Skyfall
    8 – Lincoln
    9 – Zero Dark Thirty
    10 – Silver linings playbook

    I know SLP is the devil here, but to someone who has spent a month of last year in a mental institution, it resonates just fine. in fact, I have seldom felt so understood by a film as I did with “SLP”. my mum couldn’t even finish it, one of my brothers said it was “bullshit” and left midway with tears in his eyes.

    if it’s not clear enough, I’M the bipolar one. I don’t look like Cooper and my female counterpart (were she to exist) would not look like Lawrence. but the dynamics and the disappointed looks – which matter more than anything else when you’re the inflictor in an otherwise “normal” family” – were so real. I refuse to see the 3rd act as a magic pill. and, even if it is, by the time the film ends, isn’t it a wonderful film? I have seldom felt so understood by a film – if ever – as I did by this one. I have suffered from bipolar 2 for 3 years now and this just… got it. it’s not the year’s best. but it is still a damn good piece of cinema.
    111
    Riva should still win by a landslide, though!!

  64. daveinprogress

    Andre, i always read your comments and find them respectful and insightful and brave. I respect the differences that we have and value the shared sensibilities. And as i’ve quipped before, i like your pic. We are brothers.

  65. Ryan, if you want, here’s a embed of the video of Emmanuelle winning:
    Veuillez installer Flash Player pour lire la vidéoCesar 2013 – Meilleure actrice – Emmanuelle Riva – AMOUR

    Let me know if it doesn’t work (and just delete this comment if you’re gonna post the video).

  66. @dave

    You just made my day sir!

    Thanks and cheers all!

  67. Camille Redouble is the French The Color Purple apparently.

  68. Andre, I actually like SLP more than Argo. That may sound like faint praise, given I have never been on the Argo-wagon, but there is something to be said where there was something genuine and raw in a film which I saw in Bradley Cooper’s performance (honestly, he would be my #2 behind Phoenix in my Oscar ballot). I think most of us are suffering from Weinstein-induced bad aftertaste that spoiled the well of this film. I like Russell films though I cannot say this is his best work but it is still watchable. SLP at least felt like a Russell film in its messiness and problems. Same can not be said about Affleck who with Argo was trying to shed the Boston-ness pedigree he had with his earlier films and wanted to make a ’70s caper film minus any of the dour, dirge, edge, and cynicism of the era in favor of pandering.

  69. Christophe

    andre,

    there are also some French movies that do well at the French box office, but usually they’re not the ones cinephiles talk about (except the intouchables). but even in France, mainstream audiences tend to see French films as boring, cheap and depressing… :(

  70. “Intouchables” was HUGE here in Brazil.. made lots of money and I have yet to meet someone who didn’t like it. I liked it quite a bit as well… but no way it’s better than “Rust and Bone”, no matter how insecure Matthias Schoenaerts looks make me feel about myself heheheeheh

    I was just really shocked to find out that french folks don’t like french films. I meet lots of foreigners here in Rio (especially this time of the year) and most of them are keenly (sometimes proudly) aware of their countries’ films. I was surprised to find that the french, what with their AMAZING tradition of cutting-edge cinema, weren’t so fond of their own films.

    on a side note, “Le Petit Nicolas” was one of the biggest hits we’ve had here in Brazil recently and it went down in history as one of the few films that were able to remain in theatres for more than a full year. and it’s a perfectly normal, nice, simple film. not bad by any means, but not amazing, either. go figure, huh?

  71. but even in France, mainstream audiences tend to see French films as boring, cheap and depressing…

    I have a friend from Romania who lives in the US now (he was on the Romanian swim team in 2008) and he never heard of Cristian Mungiu. Couple of years ago I let him a borrow a screener of Romania’s Oscar submission — If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle — took him weeks to get around to watching it and he didn’t think much of it.

    (It’s pretty hard to get 98% of Americans to go see movies like Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Master too.)

  72. oh well.. these things have no logic to them

    here in Brazil, a shitty rom-com sequel is about to take its place at the throne as our all-time biggest box-office hit ever.

    some people here say “at least it’s one of our films”

    I say “I’d rather it were a GOOD film, regardless of where it came from”

  73. I got this from IMDB:

    At the 2012 Academy Awards, several movies in competition were related to France and French culture in some way

    The Artist
    Hugo
    Midnight in Paris
    The Adventures of Tintin
    Puss in Boots, from the French fairy-tale by Charles Perrault
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle
    A Cat in Paris

    (not mentioned by IMDB)
    War Horse
    Monsieur Lazhar, French-language Canadian film

    Interestingly though, there was no French film nominated for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award in 2012

    This year, as far as i know, there’s only Amour, a French film masquerading as Austrian, and Les Miserables.

  74. Christophe

    My mom is going to see Amour this afternoon, I’m not sure it’s appropriate for someone who is already depressed, but then again I do like to watch depressing movies such as The Piano Teacher or The Story of Adele H. (the true story of Victor Hugo’s daughter btw), when I feel depressed, so it might do her good after all.

  75. Christophe

    Ratings are in: the Césars gathered 2.6 million viewers on French TV, that is around 10% market share. It’s #4 behind NCIS (American tv series), a celebrity diving game and a french tv movie. It’s also a steep 33% drop from last year’s all-time high (The Artist and The Intouchables).

  76. Rodrigo de Oliveira

    Here’s video of Emmanuelle Riva’s win (and speech, in French): http://www.canalplus.fr/c-cinema/c-ceremonie-des-cesar-sur-canal/pid5460-videos-tapis-rouge-ceremonie-et-coulisses-cesar.html?vid=822554

    This is going to happen again come Sunday night. Look at how beautiful she is, just a couple of days away from her 86th birthday. The shocker: this is the first nomination (and win) for Riva at the Cesar’s.

  77. Great ceremony and well deserved winners! And for a bit of trivia, the last film that won the big 5 (director, pic, screenplay and two leads) was Truffaut’s Last Metro in 1981. Quite a nice club to be in. The film was also nominated for best foreign film at the Oscars (its only nomination, although somehow I was sure it also had some technical noms) but lost to Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears.

  78. This is also, even more shockingly, Trintignant’s first César. And the first for Haneke and produced Margaret Menegoz (amazing producer of previous Haneke’s films and collaborator of Rohmer). A great travesty was rectified last night.

  79. Rodrigo de Oliveira

    At the end of her speech she dedicates the award to the late Maurice Garrel, one of my favorite actors of all time. Riva says the film is called “Love”, not “A Love” or “The Love”. “Amour”, as if a third person was there, watching over those two characters. As if “Amour” was the name of a person. By that point in the speech I was in tears already.

    And she closes it by saying the trophy is heavier than her, having the presenter carry it away from the stage. It’s a nice metaphor for her journey through this awards season. I just wish we all award-watchers and film lovers could get to that point in life and just be lighter than anything that seems so important right now.

  80. The J Viewer

    Congrats to all the winners, especially Madame Riva.

    “but even in France, mainstream audiences tend to see French films as boring, cheap and depressing…”

    I thought French people are proud of their own culture…. Their education-related shows — about the proper use of French language for instance – are said to be popular among the viewers in France(?).

    If the quote is reliable and represents the majority of French population, men and women, young and old, then it sounds like France nowadays prefer American pop culture to her own? I don’t believe it to be the case, especially for the general public as a whole. Perhaps, it is true for younger viewers in their teen and early 20s?

    (Not talking about culture shock here – unlike other J tourists (who visited Paris for the first time only to render themselves the shattered dreams), I know what to expect from la France en vérité in terms of pop culture in general, but to me an outsider (non-French), French viewers seem proud of their own culture, which if so should be admirable in my opinion. Just saying.)

    (Well, I love French mainstream culture.)

  81. Christophe

    tjviewer said: “I thought French people are proud of their own culture”

    Beyond wine, cheese and soccer or rugby… not so much, well the French are proud and also arrogant in many ways, but that doesn’t mean they know their own culture, not at all, just like anywhere else in the world, you lose the masses if you try to interest them in anything too intellectual or artsy. We do have a couple primetime shows about history on public TV that get decent ratings but they’re nowhere near the numbers for US TV series. Like I said earlier, yesterday night NCIS had twice more viewers than the Cesars.

    “Their education-related shows – about the proper use of French language for instance.”

    sorry but i have no idea what you’re talking about :(

  82. Christophe

    So my mom and a couple friends just came back from seeing Amour and they didn’t like it at all. Spoiler Alert: They were appaled that Trintignant killed Riva at the end of the film.

    So when an old fart suffocates his agonizing wife to end her suffering, he’s a monster! But when a young sexy, albeit crippled, thing like Oscar Pistorius savagely murders his girlfriend on a whim, he’s a poor terrified darling who didn’t do it on purpose… Speak about double standards!

  83. Spoilers:

    I just knew people would hate the ‘mercy kill’ of that movie. If this were an English-language film American audiences would be in hysterics like they were for Million Dollar Baby. For Haneke skeptics it him losing any sense of restraint and returning to his sadist tendencies. Here in America it is such a taboo and even a crime to do what Trintignant does. Personally, as somebody who saw my grandfather fade away like Riva did, I kept on thinking this was not how he would have wanted it. Now I never thought about using a pillow on him, personally, but when I read the stories on Dr. Kevorkian and such I really do not think that this man or the people who want this procedure are doing anything illegal or wrong.

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