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‘Polisse’ outguns ‘Artist’ at Cesars

Cop drama leads Gallic awards race

PARIS — Maiwenn’s ensemble cop drama “Polisse” leads the race for France’s Cesars with 13 nominations, which were announced Friday by Gaul’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” which is competing for 10 Oscars, also drew 10 Cesar noms, including film, helmer, actress for Berenice Bejo, actor for Jean Dujardin and original screenplay for Hazanavicius.

Since opening at Cannes and earning an actor nod for Dujardin, “The Artist” has been on a roll, nabbing three Golden Globes and many critics kudos.

The noms for “Polisse,” which chronicles the day-to-day life of cops working in a child protection unit in Paris, included film, director, original screenplay for Maiwenn and Emmanuelle Bercot, and actress for Karin Viard and Marina Fois.

The pic has already won a number of awards, notably Cannes’ jury prize.

Pierre Schoeller’s political drama “The Minister” took 11 nominations, including film, director and original screenplay for Schoeller, and thesp for Olivier Gourmet.

Other contenders in the race include Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s buddy dramedy “Intouchables” with nine noms, and Valerie Donzelli’s dramedy “Declaration of War,” which has six noms. These two films are nommed in both the best pic and director categories, as are Aki Kaurismaki’s “Le Havre” and Alain Cavalier’s “Pater.”

The contenders include some of last year’s biggest local box office hits.

“Intouchables” was Gaul’s third highest B.O. hit ever with $153 million. Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. distribution and remake rights.

“Polisse” was 2011’s third highest-grossing French movie, making $19.2 million, while “The Artist,” which was recently re-released in France, earned $12.3 million after it opened in October.

“War,” the French candidate in the Oscar’s foreign-language race, failed to make the cut, but has earned a healthy $7 million.

Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” qualifying due to its French producer and the helmer’s French citizenship, only drew one nomination, for adapted screenplay.

Kate Winslet will be feted during the Cesar ceremony — which takes place on Feb. 24 — with an honorary nod that will be presented by Polanski.

The foreign-language Cesar race will be particularly competitive this year, with “Drive,” “Melancholia,” “The King’s Speech,” “A Separation” and “Incendies” in the running.

For the complete list of nominess, see Variety.com/cesars.

And the nominees are…

FILM

“The Minister,” Pierre Schoeller

“Declaration of War,” Valerie Donzelli

“Le Havre,” Aki Kaurismaki

“Intouchables,” Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache

“Pater,” Alain Cavalier

“Polisse,” Maiwenn

“The Artist,” Michel Hazanavicius

DIRECTOR

Alain Cavalier, “Pater”

Valerie Donzelli, “Declaration of War”

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

Aki Kaurismaki,”Le Havre”

Maiwenn, “Polisse”

Pierre Schoeller, “The Minister”

Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, “Intouchables”

ACTOR

Sami Bouajila, “Omar Killed Me”

Francois Cluzet, “Intouchables”

Omar Sy, “Intouchables”

Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Olivier Gourmet, “The Minister”

Philippe Torreton, “Guilty”

Denis Podalydes, “The Conquest”

ACTRESS

Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”

Valerie Donzelli, “Declaration of War”

Marina Fois, “Polisse”

Karin Viard, “Polisse”

Leila Bekhti, “The Source”

Ariane Ascaride, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”

Marie Gillain, “All Our Desires”

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Michel Blanc, “The Minister”

Nicolas Duvauchelle, “Polisse”

Joey Starr, “Polisse”

Frederic Pierrot, “Polisse”

Bernard Le Coq, “The Conquest”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Zabou Breitman, “The Minister”

Anne Le Ny, “Intouchables”

Noemie Lvovsky, “House of Tolerance”

Carmen Maura, “Service Entrance”

Karole Rocher, “Polisse”

NEWCOMER, ACTOR

Nicolas Bridet, “Tu seras mon fils”

Gregory Gadebois, “Angele et Tony”

Guillaume Gouix, “Jimmy Riviere”

Pierre Niney, “J’aime regarder les filles”

Dimitri Storoge, “A Gang Story”

NEWCOMER, ACTRESS

Naidra Ayadi, “Polisse”

Adele Haenel, “House of Tolerance”

Clotilde Hesme, “Angele et Tony”

Celine Sallette, “House of Tolerance”

Christa Theret, “La Brindille”

FIRST FILM

Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin, “17 Girls”

Alix Delaporte, “Angele et Tony”

Sylvain Estibal, “When Pigs Have Wings”

David Foenkinos, StephaneFoenkinos, “La Delicatesse”

Eva Ionesco, “My Little Princess”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Valerie Donzelli, Jeremie Elkaim, “Declaration Of War”

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

Maiwenn, Emmanuelle Bercot, “Polisse”

Pierre Schoeller, “The Minister”

Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, “Intouchables”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

David Foenkinos, “La Delicatesse”

Vincent Garenq, “Guilty”

Olivier Gorce, Roschdy Zem, Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle, “Omar Killed Me”

Mathieu Kazzovitz, Pierre Geller, Benoit Jaubert, “Rebellion”

Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski, “Carnage”

FOREIGN FILM

“Black Swan, ” Darren Aronofsky

“The King’s Speech,” Tom Hopper

“Drive,” Nicolas Winding Refn

“The Kid With a Bike,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

“Incendies,” Denis Villeneuve

“Melancholia,” Lars Von Trier

“A Separation,” Asghar Farhadi

ANIMATED FILM

“The Rabbi’s Cat,” Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux

“Le Cirque,” Nicolas Brault

“La Queue de la souris,” Benjamin Renner

“Le Tableau,” Jean-Francois Laguionie

“A Monster In Paris,” Bibo Bergeron

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“Le Bal des menteurs,” Daniel Leconte

“Crazy Horse,” Frederick Wiseman

“Ici on noie les Algeriens,” Yamina Adi

“Michel Petrucciani,” Michel Radford

“Tous au Larzac,” Christian Rouaud

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