“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…
“Lady Chatterley,” Gilles Sandoz
Guillaume Canet, “Tell No One”
Francois Cluzet, “Tell No One”
Marina Hands, “Lady Chatterley”
Olivier Lorelle and Rachid Bouchareb, “Days of Glory”
Pascale Ferran, Rover Bohbot and Pierre Tridivic, “Lady Chatterley”
Julien Hirsch, “Lady Chatterley”
Kad Merad, “Don’t Worry I’m Fine”
Valerie Lemercier, “Avenue Montaigne”
Melanie Laurent, “Don’t Worry, I’m Fine”
Malik Zidi, “Poison Friends”
“Little Miss Sunshine,” Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
“You Are So Handsome,” Isabelle Mergault
“Being Jacques Chirac,” Karl Zero, Michel Royer
Francois Musy and Gabriel Hafner, “The Singer”
Mathieu Chedid, “Tell No One”
Maamar Ech Cheikh, “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”
Marie Claude Altot, “Lady Chatterley”
Hervede Luze, “Tell No One ”
“Fais de beaux reves,” Marilyne Canto