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Paris journos cue ‘Chorus’

Oscar-hopeful snags Paris press praise

PARIS — Christophe Barratier’s Oscar-nominated “Les Choristes” has won the vote of Paris’ foreign press corps, snagging the Lumiere for Gallic film.

At the awards ceremony Wednesday, other Lumieres were spread out evenly among a handful of noteworthy pics.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet nabbed the director nod for “A Very Long Engagement.” Screenplay prize went to Abdel Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix for “L’Esquive.”

Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric, co-stars of Arnaud Desplechin’s “Kings and Queen,” drew actress and actor honors.

Male newcomer nod went to Damien Jouillerot for his perf in “Bad Spelling”; female newcomer prize was shared by Marilou Berry (“Look at Me”) and Lola Naymark (“A Common Thread”).

Award for non-French Francophone film went to Chantal Akerman’s “Tomorrow We Move.”

Around 200 Paris-based foreign correspondents are members of the 10-year-old Lumieres Assn. About half voted this year.

The Etoiles d’Or, a rival org of foreign film journos and critics, recently bestowed its top prize upon “Kings and Queen.”

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