×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Artist’ wins Lumiere best pic

Film's Bejo takes actress nod; Maiwenn wins helmer award for 'Polisse'

Gaul’s kudos season kicked off Friday as Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” won best film and actress (Berenice Bejo) at the Lumieres Awards, the French equivalent to the Golden Globes.

Pic, which has been on an award-winning spree since bowing at Cannes, beat other Cannes titles vying for the film nod: Pierre Schoeller’s “The Minister,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s smash hit comedy “Intouchables,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Apollonide” (“House of Tolerance”) and Aki Kaurismaki’s “Le Havre,” winner of the Louis Delluc prize, which is handed out by French critics.

“The Artist,” produced by Thomas Langmann’s La Petite Reine, was released Stateside in November by the Weinstein Co.

Maiwenn drew helmer kudos for her third feature, “Polisse,” a gritty ensemble drama centering on cops working in a child protection unit, beating Hazanavicius, Bonello and Kaurismaki.

Omar Sy, who stars opposite Francois Cluzet in “Intouchables,” drew the actor nod, beating “The Artist’s” Jean Dujardin, among other strong contenders.

Before his breakthrough in “Intouchables,” Sy was best known in France as a comic on “SAV,” a daily comedy show on Canal Plus. Sy also starred in Nakache and Toledano’s previous two films, “Those Happy Days” and “So Happy Together.”

“Intouchables,” Gaul’s second biggest local-lingo B.O. hit and third biggest hit ever, was produced by Quad Films and co-produced by Gaumont. The Weinstein Co. acquired the film for multiple territories, taking U.S. distribution and remake rights.

Denis Menochet nabbed newcomer for his part in family dramedy “Les Adoptes,” the directorial debut of thesp Melanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds”); “Apollonide” thesps Alice Barnole, Adele Haenel and Celine Sallette shared the female newcomer prize.

Quebec helmer Denis Villeneuve’s heart-wrenching “Incendies,” based on a play by Wajdi Mouawad, won for foreign film in the French language. A critical success, “Incendies” repped Canada in last year’s foreign-language Oscar race.

Taking place during Unifrance’s Rendez-Vous mini-market, the Lumieres are voted on by Paris-based foreign correspondents.

More Film

  • Roman Polanski extradition

    Academy Responds to Roman Polanski: 'Procedures Were Fair and Reasonable'

    UPDATE: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has responded to a lawsuit from director Roman Polanski that claimed he was unfairly expelled from the industry organizaton. “The procedures taken to expel Mr. Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate,” a spokesperson said. Polanski is suing the Academy [...]

  • Lorraine Warren dead

    Lorraine Warren, Paranormal Investigator Who Inspired 'The Conjuring,' Dies at 92

    Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigator and demonologist whose life inspired franchises like “The Conjuring” and “The Amityville Horror,” has died. She was 92. Warren’s son-in-law Tony Spera confirmed the news. Spera said on Facebook, “She died peacefully in her sleep at home.” He continued, “She was a remarkable, loving, compassionate and giving soul. To quote Will [...]

  • THE EXORCIST

    'Exorcist' Star Max Von Sydow Doesn't Let Age Define His Roles

    Max von Sydow turned 90 this month, which is a milestone for most people, but age has always seemed incidental to the actor. When he played the elderly, frail Father Merrin in “The Exorcist,” von Sydow was 44 — meaning he was the same age Bradley Cooper is today. In the 1950s, von Sydow had [...]

  • 'Changing the Game' Documentary

    Watch the First Trailer for Trans Documentary 'Changing the Game' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Another hurdle for trans rights could quite literally be the track and field hurdle. Transgender student athletes are put in the spotlight in the forthcoming documentary “Changing the Game,” set to premiere at 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Variety has the world premiere of the doc’s first teaser trailer, which gives an in-depth look into the [...]

  • 'Curse of La Llorona' Box Office

    Box Office: 'Curse of La Llorona' Conjures $2.8 Million on Thursday Night

    “The Curse of La Llorona,” the latest entry in Warner Bros. and New Line’s “Conjuring” universe, conjured $2.75 million from Thursday preview showings, while “Breakthrough,” a faith-based offering from Fox-Disney, brought in $1.5 million from its second day of screenings. “La Llorona’s” haul tops recent horror counterparts “Pet Sematary” and “Escape Room,” which each took [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content