Tuesday, January 29, 2008

33rd César Awards

Recently the L’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma announced the nominations for these awards and here they are for some categories.

Best Film
La Graine et le Mulet (Abdellatif Kechiche)
La Môme (Olivier Dahan)
Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (Julian Schnabel)
Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi)
Un Secret (Claude Miller)

Best Director
Abdellatif Kechiche (La Graine et le Mulet)
Olivier Dahan (La Môme)
Julian Schnabel (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon)
André Téchiné (Les Témoins)
Claude Miller (Un Secret)

Best Actor
Vincent Lindon for Ceux qui restent
Jean-Pierre Darroussin for Dialogue avec mon jardinier
Jean-Pierre Marielle for Faut que ça danse!
Mathieu Amalric for Le Scaphandre et le Papillon
Michel Blanc for Les Témoins

Best Actress
Isabelle Carré for Anna M.
Marina Foïs for Darling
Marion Cotillard for La Môme
Catherine Frot for Odette Toulemonde
Cécile de France for Un secret

Best Female Newcomer
Hafsia Herzi (La Graine et le mulet)
Clotilde Hesme (Les Chansons d'amour)
Adèle Haenel (Naissance des pieuvres)
Louise Blachère (Naissance des pieuvres)
Audrey Dana (Roman de gare)

Best First Film
Ceux qui restent (Jean-Philippe Andraca, Christian Bérard, Anne Le Ny)
Et toi, t'es sur qui ? (Lola Doillon, Saga Blanchard)
Naissance des pieuvres (Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur, Jérôme Dopffer)
Persepolis (Xavier Rigault, Marc-Antoine Robert, Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi)
Tout est pardonné (Philippe Martin, David Thion, Mia Hansen-Love)

Best Foreign Film
4 mois, 3 semaines, 2 jours (Cristian Mungiu)
De l'autre côté (Fatih Akin)
La Nuit nous appartient (James Gray)
La Vie des autres (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
Les Promesses de l'ombre (David Cronenberg)

This seems to be the best nominations I have seen up-to-date as all the extremely good films are nominated for major awards. Chapeau to the Academy members!!! But this could be very hard, imagine deciding between La Môme, Le Scaphandre et le Papillon, and Persepolis for best film??? Hard. And I know that La Graine et le Mullet is good but haven’t seen it yet and now have to check Un Secret.

Also difficult is the Best Foreign Film, but I know that my favorite is that magnificent Romanian film and I'm glad they included We Own The Night as was a movie that I liked a lot and the Oscars didn't gave any major honors. Easy categories are Best Actress that is Marion Cotillard and Best Director that has to be Julian Schnabel. I’m pleased to find here Naissance des Pieuvres that I’m absolutely “dying” to see!!!

For those that like statistics La Môme has 11 nominations, Le Scaphandre et le Papillon has 7 and Persepolis has 6. To check all categories go here available only in French.

The Awards ceremony will be on Friday February 22 at 8pm and will be telecasted by Canal+, I'll be checking TV5Monde to find the worldwide telecast. Jean Rochefort will preside the ceremony and Antoine de Caunes is the master of ceremony. This year these awards are going to be really exciting and of course I wont miss them.

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