An unmissable event for the 7th art, the César Ceremony has been rewarding the cream of French cinema since 1976. It was held yesterday at L’Olympia. « Illusions perdues » and « Annette » are the most awarded films.
The most sacred film last night was « Illusions perdues ». This adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s great novel, directed by Xavier Giannoli, won seven awards, including that of the queen category for best film, but also that of best male hope for Benjamin Voisin, that of best actor in a supporting role for Vincent Lacoste, that of the best adaptation, the best cinematography, the best costumes and the best sets. This film was a great popular success with more than 870,000 spectators in France.
5 awards for Annette
Léo Carax’s rock opera Annette won five awards, including Best Director. Valérie Lemercier won the César for best actress for her film Aline, which totaled ten nominations, but left with only one statuette, while Benoît Magimel received the prize for best actor in De son vivant, by Emmanuelle Bercot . A little before midnight, the director and friend of Gaspard Ulliel, Xavier Dolan,came to pay him a tribute full of emotion by reading a letter addressed to the mother of the actor.