'Golden Years,' 'Marguerite,' 'Dheepan,' 'Mustang' Lead
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Xavier Giannoli’s “Marguerite” and Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” are leading the nominations at this year’s Cesar awards, along with “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Oscar-nominated feature debut, and Jacques Audiard’s Palme-d’Or winning “Dheepan.”

The nominations for the 41st Cesar awards were unveiled today by Alain Terzian, prexy of the French Academy of Arts and Sciences, during a press conference hosted at the Fouquets restaurant.

Terzian revealed that Michael Douglas will follow Sean Penn’s footsteps and receive the honorary Cesar award. Douglas previously won the honorary Cesar nod in 1998.

Set in the roaring 20s, “Marguerite” stars Catherine Frost as a wealthy woman who embarks on a journey to become an Opera singer in spite of her limited singing talent. Nominated for 11 Cesar nods – best film, actress, director, original screenplay — the pic world premiered at Venice. Fidelite Films produced.

“My Golden Years,” which opened at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, is also nominated for 11 Cesar awards. The ensemble drama turning on Paul (Mathieu Amalric) who thinks back on his early life.

“Dheepan,” meanwhile, is nominated for nine awards, including best film, director and original screenplay for Noe Debré, Thomas Bidegain and Audiard.

Both “My Golden Years” and “Dheepan” are produced by Why Not Productions. “Dheepan” is a tamil-language immigrant drama charting the lives of Sri Lankan refugees who flee their war-torn homeland only to face another kind of war in Paris projects.

Also competing for nine Cesar kudos is “Mustang,” a coming of age tale centering around five sisters struggling to break free from their conservative upbringing in Northern Turkey. Produced by Charles Gillibert’s CG Cinema, the movie has been on a winning path since opening at Directors’ Fortnight. Pic is nominated for best film, directorial debut, director and original screenplay.

Other frontrunners are Emmanuelle Bercot’s “Standing Tall” and Maiwenn’s “Mon Roi” with eight nominations each. Like most Cesar-nominated films, “Mon Roi” and “Standing Tall” opened at Cannes. Produced by Les Films du Kiosque, “Standing Tall” is a drama about the strong bond uniting a juvenile delinquent (Rod Paradot) and a dedicated judge (Catherine Deneuve) opened the festival. Both Paradot and Deneuve are nominated for their roles.

“Mon Roi,” produced by Les Production du Tresor (also behind “Les Cowboys”), is a drama turning on a passion that becomes devastating over the years. Bercot, who won best actress at Cannes, is nominated for a Cesar along with her co-star Vincent Cassel.

Thomas Bidegain’s “The Cowboys” and Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima” – both of which opened at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight — earned four Cesar nominations. “Fatima” won the prestigious Louis Delluc prize last month.

“Fatima” stars Soria Zeroual (nominated for a best actress Cesar) as a devoted Moroccan single mother who works as a maid to make ends meet while raising her two teenage daughters the best she can.

“The Cowboys,” Bidegain’s directorial debut, is a Western-style drama turning on a man who sets off to find his daughter who has fled to rejoin a jihad.

Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince” is vying for best animated feature, along with Simon Rouby’s “Adama” and Christian Desires and Franck Ekinci’s “April and the Extraordinary World.”

Foreign-language Cesar contenders include Alejandro Gonzalez Inaritu’s “Birdman,” Laszlo Nemes’ “The Son of Saul,” Nanni Moretti’s “Mia Madre,” Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi Teheran,” Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” Jaco Van Dormael’s “The Brand New Testament” and Guillaume and Stephane Malandrin’s “Je suis mort mais j’ai des amis.”

Guillaume Nicloux’s “Valley of Love,” a Cannes competition player produced by Sylvie Pialat, didn’t go unnoticed: Earning its two leads Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu Cesar nominations.

The Cesar Awards will take place Feb. 26.

Here’s the full list:

Best Film:

“Dheepan,” produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat, directed by Jacques Audiard
“Fatima,” produced by Yasmina Nina-Faucon, Philippe Faucon, directed by Philippe Faucon
“The Measure Of A Man,” produced by Christophe Rossignon, Philip Boëffard, directed by Stéphane Brizé
“Marguerite,” produced by Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonier, directed by Xavier Giannoli
“Mon Roi,” produced by Yvain Attal, directed by Maïwenn
“Mustang,” produced by Charles Gillibert, directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
“Standing Tall,” produced by François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne, directed by Emmanuelle Bercot
“My Golden Years,” produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat, directed by Arnaud Desplechin

Best Director:

Jacques Audiard, “Dheepan”
Maïwenn, “Mon Roi”
Stéphane Brizé,”The Measure Of A Man”
Xavier Giannoli, “Marguerite”
Deniz Gamze Ergüven, “Mustang”
Emmanuelle Bercot, “Standing Tall”
Arnaud Desplechin, “Golden Years”

Best Actress:

Loubna Abidar, “Much Loved”
Emmanuelle Bercot, “Mon Roi”
Cécile de France, “Summertime”
Catherine Deneuve, “Standing Tall”
Catherine Frot, “Marguerite”
Isabelle Huppert, “Valley of Love”
Soria Zeroua, “Fatima”

Best Actor:

Jean-Pierre Bacri, “The Very Private Life of Mister Sim”
Vincent Cassel, “Mon Roi”
François Damiens, “The Cowboys”
Gérard Depardieu, “Valley Of Love”
Anthonythasan Jesuthasan, “Dheepan”
Vincent Lindon, “The Measure Of A Man”
Fabrice Luchini, “Courted”

Breakout Actress:

Camille Cotin, “Connasse, Princesse des coeurs”
Sara Giraudeau, “Les Bêtises”
Zita Hanrot, “Fatima”
Diane Rouxel, “Standing Tall”
Lou Roy Lecollinet, “My Golden Years”

Breakout Actor:

Swann Arlaud, “The Anarchists”
Quentin Dolmaire, “Golden Years”
Félix Moati, “All About Them”
Finnegan Oldfield, “The Cowboys”
Rod Paradot, “Standing Tall”

Best Supporting Actress:

Sara Forrester, “Standing Tall”
Agnès Jaoui, “The Sweet Escape”
Sidse Babett Knudsen, “Courted”
Noémie Lvovsky, “Summertime”
Karine Viard, “Families”

Best Supporting Actor:

Michel Fau, “Marguerite”
Louis Garrel, “Mon Roi”
Benoît Magimel, “Standing Tall”
André Marcon, “Marguerite”
Vincent Rottiers, “Dheepan”

Best First Film:

“L’affaire SK1,” Frédéric Tellier
“The Cowboys, ” Thomas Bidegain
“Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven
“The Wakhan Front,” Clément Cogitore
“All Three of Us,” Kheiron

Best Cinematography:

Eponine Monmenceau, “Dheepan”
Glynn Speeckaert, “Marguerite”
David Chizallet, “Mustang”
Irina Lubtchansky, “My Golden Years”
Christophe Offenstein, “Valley of Love”

Best Adapted Screenplay:

David Oelhoffen, Frédéric Tellier, “SK1”
Samuel Benchetrit, “Asphalte”
Vincent Garenq, Stéphane Cabrel, “The Clearstream Affair”
Philippe Faucon, “Fatima”
Hélène Zimmer, Benoit Jacquot, “Diary of a chambermaid”

Best Original Screenplay:

Noé Debré, Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard, “Dheepan”
Xavier Giannoli, “Marguerite”
Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour, “Mustang”
Emmanuelle Bercot, Marcia Romano, “Standing Tall”
Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr, “My Golden Years”

Best Costums:

Anaïs Romand, “Diary of a Chambermaid”
Pierre-Jean Larroque, “Marguerite”
Selin Sözen, “Mustang”
Catherine Leterrier, “L’odeur de la Mandarine”
Nathalie Raoul, “My Golden Years”

Best Production Design:

Michel Barthélémy, “Dheepan”
Katia Wyszkop, “Diary of a Chambermaid”
Martin Kurel, “Marguerite”
Jean Rabasse, “L’Odeur de la Mandarine”
Toma Baqueni, “My Golden Years”

Best Editing:

Juliette Welfling, “Dheepan”
Cyril Nakache, “Marguerite”
Simon Jacquet, “Mon Roi”
Mathilde Van De Moortel, “Mustang”
Laurence Briaud, “My Golden Years”

Best Sound:

Daniel Sorbino, Valérie Deloof, Cyril Holtz, “Dheepan”
François Musy, Gabriel Hafner, “Marguerite”
Nicolas Provost, Agnès Ravez, Emmanuel Croset, “Mon Roi”
Ibrahim Gök, Damien Guillaume, Olivier Goinard, “Mustang”
Nicolas Cantin, Sylvain Malbrant, Stéphane Tiébaut, “My Golden Years”

Best Music:

Raphaël for “The Cowboys”
Ennio Morricone for “Darling Buds of May”
Stephen Warbeck for “Mon Roi”
Warren Ellis for “Mustang”
Grégoire Hetzel for “My Golden Years”

Best Foreign Film:

“Birdman,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
“Son of Saul,” Laszlo Nemes
“Mia Madre,” Nanni Moretti
“I’m Dead But I Have Friends,” Guillaume Malandrin, Stéphane Malandrin
“Taxi Tehran,” Jafar Panahi
“The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael]
“Youth,” Paolo Sorrentino

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