Patrice Chereau’s costume epic “Queen Margot” dominates the nominations for the French Cesar awards (the Gallic equivalent of the Oscars). The awards ceremony takes place in Paris Feb. 25.

“Queen Margot” has 12 nominations in all, with Dominique Blanc and Virna Lisi both up as supporting actress.

The Cesar organizers have persuaded Steven Spielberg to be guest of honor at the awards. Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” is in the running for the foreign film trophy. Also present for the Cesars will be Gregory Peck and Quentin Tarantino.

A list of nominees in the main categories follows.

FRENCH FILM

“The Favorite Son,” Nicole Garcia

“Leon,” Luc Besson

“Queen Margot,” Patrice Chereau

“Les Roseaux Sauvages,” Andre Techine

“Red,” Krzysztof Kieslowski

DIRECTOR

Luc Besson, “Leon”

Patrice Chereau, “Queen Margot”

Nicole Garcia, “The Favorite Son”

Krysztof Kieslowski, “Red”

Andre Techine, “Les Roseaux Sauvages”

ACTOR

Daniel Auteuil, “La Seperation”

Gerard Depardieu, “Le Colonel Chabert”

Gerard Lanvin, “The Favorite Son”

Jean Reno, “Leon”

Jean-Louis Trintignant, “Red”

ACTRESS

Isabelle Adjani, “Queen Margot”

Anemone, “Pas Tres Catholiques”

Sandrine Bonnaire, “Jeanne la Pucelle”

Isabelle Huppert, “La Seperation”

Irene Jacob, “Red”

FOREIGN FILM

“Dear Diary,” Nanni Moretti

“Schindleris List,” Steven Spielberg

“Pulp Fiction,” Quentin Tarantino

“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” Mike Newell

“Shortcuts,” Robert Altman

FIRST FILM

“Le Colonel Chabert,” Yves Angelo

“Mina Tannenbaum,” Martine Dugowson

“Personne ne M’Aime,” Marion Vernoux

“Petits Arrangements avec Les Morts,” Pascale Ferran

“Regarde les Homines Tomber,” Jacques Audiard

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