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The Barbarian Invasions sweeps French 'Oscars'

Denys Arcand’s The Barbarian Invasions was the big winner at last night’s French equivalent of the Oscars, the 29th César award ceremony for films released in 2003. The Canadian director’s film, released in the UK this week, took Best French Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay beating strong competition from Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s war-time action adventure Bon Voyage and Alain Resnais’ musical comedy, Pas Sur La Bouche.


The ceremony, held at the théâtre du Chatelet in Paris, was presided by Fanny Ardant and compered by Gad Elmaleh. Awards were also presented to Omar Sharif as Best Actor for Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran and Grégori Derangère for Best Newcomer: Male. The awards also saw the arrival on the scene of another member of the Depardieu family – Julie Depardieu picked up awards for Best Newcomer: Female and Best Actress in a Secondary Role.

Clint Eastwood picked up the Best Foreign film César for Mystic River, beating Gus Van Sant’s nomination for Elephant and Martin Scorese’s nomination for The Gangs of New York. The Best European Union film was awarded to Wolfgang Becker’s Good Bye Lenin!.

The full list of awards for the 29th César’s:

Best French Film
Les Invasions Barbares - Denys Arcand

Also nominated: Bon voyage (Jean-Paul Rappeneau), Pas sur la bouche (Alain Resnais), Les Sentiments (Noémie Lvovsky), Les Triplettes de Belleville (Sylvain Chomet)

Best Actor
Omar Sharif (Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran)

Also nominated: Daniel Auteuil (Après vous), Jean-Pierre Bacri (Les Sentiments), Gad Elmaleh (Chouchou), Bruno Todeschini (Son frère)

Best Actress
Sylvie Testud (Stupeur et tremblements)

Also nominated: Josiane Balasko (Cette femme-là), Nathalie Baye (Les Sentiments), Isabelle Carré (Les Sentiments), Charlotte Rampling (Swimming Pool)

Best Director
Denys Arcand for Les Invasions Barbares

Also nominated: Lucas Belvaux (Un Couple épatant, Cavale, Après la vie), Claude Miller (La Petite Lili), Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Bon voyage), Alain Resnais (Pas sur la bouche)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Darry Cowl (Pas sur la bouche)

Also nominated: Yvon Attal (Bon voyage), Clovis Cornillac (A la petite semaine), Marc Lavoine (Le Coeur des hommes), Jean-Pierre Marielle (La Petite Lili)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Julie Depardieu (La Petite Lili)

Also nominated: Judith Godrèche (France boutique), Isabelle Nanty (Pas sur la bouche), Géraldine Pailhas (Le Coût de la vie), Ludivine Sagnier (Swimming Pool)

Best Newcomer: Male
Grégori Derangère (Bon voyage)

Best Newcomer: Female
Julie Depardieu (La Petite Lili)

Best First Film
Depuis qu'Otar est parti... (Julie Bertuccelli)

Best Original Screenplay or Adaptation
Denys Arcand for Les Invasions Barbares

Best Original Music
Benoît Charest for Les Triplettes de Belleville

Best Short Film
L'Homme sans tête by Juan Solanas

Best Cinematography
Thierry Arbogast (Bon voyage)

Best Set Design
Jacques Rouxel, Catherine Leterrier (Bon voyage)

Best Sound
Jean-Marie Blondel, Gérard Hardy, Gérard Lamps (Pas sur la bouche)

Best Costume Design
Jackie Budin (Pas sur la bouche)

Best Editing
Danielle Anezin, Valérie Loiseleux, Ludo Troch (Un Couple épatant, Cavale, Après la vie)

Best European Union Film
Good Bye Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker)

Also nominated: Dogville (Lars Von Trier), Nos meilleures années (Marco Tullio Giordana), Respiro (Emanuele Crialese), The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan)

Best Foreign Film
Mystic River by Clint Eastwood

Also nominated: Elephant (Gus Van Sant), Gangs of New-York (Martin Scorsese), Le Retour (Andreï Zviaguintsev), The Hours (Stephen Daldry)


Sources and links:
The Official Site of the 2004 Césars
Le Nouvel Observateur

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