Prize usually reserved for local talent

In an upset, French actress and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard won the Czech Lion actress award, an honor normally reserved for local stars.

“La Vie en rose” was lensed partly in Prague, with the city standing in for war-time Paris, and pic’s co-production status qualified it for awards consideration.

Cotillard could not make it to the ceremony. The film also took music and sound kudos.

“Little Girl Blue,” from helmer-scribe Alice Nellis, picked up the top nod. Comic romance follows singing star Iva Bittova as she plays a bored housewife in a day from hell.

Jan Sverak drew director kudos for his critically praised “Empties,” starring his father Zdenek.

Other small-budget Czech films, one of which spread virally through pub screenings, picked up kudos as well. Jiri Brozek’s editing for “It’s Gonna Get Worse…” will give a boost to its distribution, while teen comedy “Gympl” drew the supporting actress nod for Zuzana Bydzovska.

Surrealist animator Jan Balej, meanwhile, was honored with the art direction prize for his years of stop-motion handiwork on “One Night in One City.”

Fierce rainstorms knocked out power in some 1 million Czech homes on Saturday, which will no doubt bring down ratings for the telecast.

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