French film awards announce winners

“Lady Chatterley” drew top honors at the 32nd Cesar Awards on Saturday night. Pascale Ferran’s take on the steamy D.H. Lawrence novel took best film, actress for Marina Hands and nods for script adaptation, cinematography and costume design.

The bigscreen adaptation of the English-language novel “Tell No One” also scored at the French kudofest. Guillaume Canet’s hit actioner, adapted from Harlan Coben’s thriller, drew kudos for director, actor for Francois Cluzet, editing and music.

“Little Miss Sunshine” drew the nod for foreign film.

The night’s big loser was “Days of Glory,” which was nominated in eight categories but took home only a single statuette, for original screenplay.

Upping the international star quotient at the ceremony were Jude Law, there to receive a Cesar d’honeur for his career; Hilary Swank, who handed out the foreign film statuette; and Pedro Almodovar, who presented the actress prize.

Ceremony at Paris Theatre du Chatelet was a bit higher spirited than the previous edition, mostly thanks to the hostess, come-dian Valerie Lemercier, who won a supporting actress nod for “Avenue Montaigne.”

In addition to the abundance of scripted humor, which worked better than usual, one puzzled prize recipient provoked peals of laughter for absent-mindedly stroking his statuette in a suggestive manner while gushing thanks.

Inevitably, ceremony also had its political moments. Pascale Ferran made a plea in favor of the low paid among France’s showbiz workers, the ones who have been fighting reforms to their pension system over the past three years.

And the winners are…

FILM
“Lady Chatterley,”
Gilles Sandoz

DIRECTOR
Guillaume Canet
, “Tell No One”

ACTOR
Francois Cluzet
, “Tell No One”

ACTRESS
Marina Hands
, “Lady Chatterley”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Olivier Lorelle and Rachid Bouchareb
, “Days of Glory”

ADAPTATION
Pascale Ferran, Rover Bohbot and Pierre Tridivic
, “Lady Chatterley”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Julien Hirsch,
“Lady Chatterley”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kad Merad
, “Don’t Worry I’m Fine”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Valerie Lemercier
, “Avenue Montaigne”

FEMALE NEWCOMER
Melanie Laurent
, “Don’t Worry, I’m Fine”

MALE NEWCOMER
Malik Zidi
, “Poison Friends”

FOREIGN FILM
“Little Miss Sunshine,”
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

FIRST FILM
“You Are So Handsome,”
Isabelle Mergault

DOCUMENTARY FILM
“Being Jacques Chirac,
” Karl Zero, Michel Royer

SOUND
Francois Musy and Gabriel Hafner
, “The Singer”

ORIGINAL SCORE
Mathieu Chedid
, “Tell No One”

SET DESIGN
Maamar Ech Cheikh
, “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”

COSTUMES
Marie Claude Altot,
“Lady Chatterley”

EDITING
Hervede Luze
, “Tell No One ”

SHORT FILM
“Fais de beaux reves,”
Marilyne Canto

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