Gaul kudos jump 8 days ahead of Oscarcast

PARIS — The ripple effect of an earlier Oscars night has spread to France’s Cesar Awards ceremony.

Organizers of the Gallic event have fixed the date as Feb. 21, eight days before Hollywood hosts its kudofest.

And the Victoires de la Musique, Gaul’s music awards, are being staged the night before the Oscars.

“Usually the Oscars are several weeks away from the Cesars,” explained a spokesman for paybox Canal Plus, which broadcasts the show. “We opted for the 21st because it would be a bit of a shame to lump everything together.”

Canal Plus, France’s most cinephile TV channel, traditionally hosts an Oscar night party while a hard core of die-hard movie fans stay up ’til the wee hours to watch the ceremony broadcast exclusively on the paybox.

Last year, the Cesars clashed with the British film awards, the BAFAs, but that won’t pose the same problem this time. This coming year the BAFAs are on Feb. 15.

Legacy in limbo

The date of the Cesar ceremony isn’t the only thing that has caused furrowed brows among organisers.

The event is produced by Europe Cinema Evenements, a company that was mostly owned by the late Daniel Toscan du Plantier, France’s ambassador for cinema who was prexy of the Academy of Film Arts and Techniques as well as heading the promotional body Unifrance.

Following his death of a heart attack at the last Berlin Film Festival, the production company was inherited by his wife and other family members who must now decide whether to keep or sell it.

Canal Plus’ contract to broadcast the show comes up for renewal after the next ceremony.

Organizers of another Gallic event, the Paris Film Festival, have announced it will take place March 29-April 6 under the presidency of Isabelle Adjani.

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