Cesars riders are neck and neck

'Glory,' 'Lady,' 'No One' lead noms race

PARIS — France’s upcoming Cesar Awards will be a wide open race, with Oscar-nominated “Days of Glory,” French fave “Lady Chatterley,” and Guillaume Canet’s hit thriller “Tell No One” competing in nine categories — including film and director.

Closely behind come Alain Resnais’ “Private Fears in Public Places” with eight nods, James Bond style spy spoof “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies” and Xavier Giannoli’s “The Singer,” with seven nods, while the low-key breakout hit “Don’t Worry I’m Fine,” has five nods, including film and director.

Meanwhile, three Oscar film nominees — “Babel,” Little Miss Sunshine” and “The Queen” — will vie for foreign film with “Volver” and “Brokeback Mountain,” getting a late stab at more foreign kudos.

Among French fare, a second tier of nominees includes Daniele Thompson’s “Avenue Montaigne” with four nods, and the hick flick “You Are So Handsome,” romantic comedy “I Do” and “The Page Turner” with three.

Notable by their absence in Friday’s announcement were France’s big box office hits of last year, “Friends Forever,” Luc Besson’s “Arthur and the Invisibles” and “Camping,” which some felt deserved a nod for comic actor Franck Dubosc.

Although Resnais is up for director, the veteran helmer’s Alan Ayckbourn adaptation is not up for film. “The Singer” and Don’t Worry I’m Fine” are.

Cecile de France received two out of five actress nods for “Avenue Montaigne” and “The Singer,” with Catherine Frot for “The Page Turner,” Charlotte Gainsbourg for “I Do” and Marina Hands for “Lady Chatterley.”

Up for actor are Michel Blanc for “Your Are So Handsome,” Alain Chabat for “I Do,” Francois Cluzet for “Tell No One” (Cluzet is also up for supporting actor for “Quartre Etoiles”) Gerard Depardieu for “The Singer” and Jean Dujardin for “OSS 117.”

In all, 20 Cesars awards will be handed out Feb. 24, with five nominees competing in each category. Ceremony at Paris Chatelet Theater will go out live in France on Canal Plus, with Valerie Lemercier hosting. Jude Law will be in attendance to receive a Cesar d’Honneur.

(Lisa Nesselson contributed to this report.)

And the nominees are…

“Days of Glory,” Jean Brehat
“Don’t Worry I’m Fine,” Christophe Rossignon
“Lady Chatterley,” Gilles Sandoz
“Tell No One,” Alain Attal
“The Singer,” Edouard Weil, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam

Rachid Bouchareb, “Days of Glory”
Guillaume Canet, “Tell No One”
Pascale Ferran, “Lady Chatterley
Philippe Lioret, “Don’t Worry I’m Fine”
Alain Resnais, “Private Fears in Public Places”

Michel Blanc, “You Are So Handsome”
Alain Chabat, “I Do”
Francois Cluzet, “Tell No One”
Gerard Depardieu, “The Singer”
Jean Dujardin, “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”

Cecile de France, “Avenue Montaigne”
Cecile de France, “The Singer”
Catherine Frot, “The Page Turner”
Charlotte Gainsbourg, “I Do”
Marina Hands, “Lady Chatterley”

Xavier Giannoli, “The Singer”
Olivier Lorelle and Rachid Bouchareb, “Days of Glory”
Isabelle Mergault, “You Are So Handsome”
Daniele Thompson and Christopher Thompson, “Avenue Montaigne”
Laurent Tuel and Christophe Turpin, “Jean-Philippe”

Guillaume Canet and Philippe Lefebvre, “Tell No One”
Pascale Ferran, Rover Bohbot and Pierre Tridivic, “Lady Chatterley”
Jean-Francois Halin and Michel Hazanavicius, “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”
Philippe Lioret and Olivier Adam, “Don’t Worry I’m Fine”
Jean-Michel Ribes, “Private Fears in Public Places”

Patrick Blossier, “Days of Glory”
Eric Gautier, “Private Fears in Public Places”
Julien Hirsch, “Lady Chatterley”

Christophe Offenstein, “Tell No One”
Guillaume Schiffman, “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”

Dany Boon, “The Valet”
Francois Cluzet, “Quatre Etoiles”
Andre Dussollier, “Tell No One”
Guy Marchand, “Dans Paris”
Kad Merad, “Don’t Worry I’m Fine”

Christine Citti, “The Singer”
Dani, “Avenue Montaigne”
Mylene Demongeot, “La Californie”
Bernadette Laffont, “I Do”
Valerie Lemercier, “Avenue Montaigne”

Deborah Francois, “The Page Turner”
Marina Hands, “Lady Chatterley”
Melanie Laurent, “Don’t Worry, I’m Fine”
Aissa Maiga, “Bamako”
Maiwenn, “Forgive Me”

“13 Tzameti,” Gela Babluani
“Pieces If Antonin,” Gabriel Le Bomin
“You Are So Handsome,” Isabelle Mergault
“Bad Faith,” Roschdy Zem
“Forgive Me,” Maiwenn

“Being Jacques Chirac,” Karl Zero, Michel Royer
“My Dad Is into Terrorism,” William Karel
“Najac Calling, Over to You Earth,” Jean Henri Meunier
“Down There,” Chantal Akerman
“Zidane: A Portrait of the 21st Century,” Philippe Parreno, Douglas Gordon

Jean-Marie Blondel, Thomas Desjonqueres, Gerard Lamps, “Private Fears in Public Places”
Jean Jacques Ferran, Nicolas Moreau and Jean Pierre Laforce, “Lady Chatterley”
Pierre Gamet, Jean Goudier and Gerard Lamps, “Tell No One”
Olivier Hespel, Olivier Walczak, Franck Rubio and Thomas Gauder, “Days of Glory”
Francois Musy and Gabriel Hafner, “The Singer”

Armand Amar, “Days of Glory”
Mathieu Chedid, “Tell No One”
Jerome Lemonnier, “The Page Turner”
Mark Snow, “Private Fears in Public Places”
Gabriel Yared, “Azur and Asmar”

Dominique Douret, “Days of Glory”
Maamar Ech Cheikh, “OSS 117 — Cairo, Nest of Spies”
Jean Luc Raoul, “The Tiger Brigades”
Francois-Renaud Labarthe, “Lady Chatterley”
Jacques Saulnier, “Private Fears in Public Places”

Marie Claude Altot, “Lady Chatterley”
Jackie Budin, “Private Fears in Public Places”
Charlotte David, “OSS117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”
Pierre-Jean Larroque, “The Tiger Brigades”
Michele Richer, “Days of Glory”

Martine Giordano, “The Singer”
Yannick Kergoat, “Days of Glory”
Sylvie Landra, “Avenue Montaigne”
Herve de Luze, “Private Fears in Public Places”
Hervede Luze, “Tell No One ”

“Bonbon au Poivre,” Marc Fitoussi
“Fais de beaux reves,” Marilyne Canto
“La Lecon de guitare,” Martin Rit
“Le Mammouth Pobalski,” Jacques Mitsch
“Les Volets,” Lyece Boukhitine