Friday, January 14, 2011

16th Prix Lumières Awards Winners

Watched live the ceremony that looked more like a press conference than an awards ceremony, except for the two great short films that were shown one by Polanski and the other by Michel Ocelot. Winners are in *Blue and eventually will be at the official site that is here.

Recently L’Académie des Lumières announced this year nominations and if you forgot let me remind you that these awards are given by the foreign press academy in Paris to honor French and Francophone films. These are the nominations.

Best Film
Carlos, le film by Oliver Assayas
*Des Hommes et des Dieux by Xavier Beauvois
(Vie héroïque) by Joann Sfar
The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski
L’Illusioniste by Sylvain Chomet

Best Foreign Film in French
Amer, Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, Belgium and France
Les Amours imaginaires, Xavier Dolan, Canada
*Un homme qui crie, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France, Belgium, and Chad
Illégal, Olivier Masset-Depasse, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France
Orly, Angela Schanelec, Germany and France

Best Director
Mathieu Amalric for Tournée
Olivier Assayas for Carlos, le film
Xavier Beauvois for Des Hommes et des Dieux
*Roman Polanski for The Ghost Writer
Joann Sfar for Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

Best Actress
Juliette Binoche in Copie Conforme by Abbas Kiarostami
Isabelle Carré in Les Emotifs anonymes by Jean-Pierre Améris
Catherine Deneuve in Potiche by François Ozon
Ludivine Sagnier in Pieds nus sur les limaces by Fabienne Berthaud
*Kristin Scott Thomas in Elle s'appelait Sarah by Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Best Actor
Romain Duris in L'Arnacœur by Pascal Chaumeil and L'Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie by Eric Lartigau
Éric Elmosnino in Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) by Joann Sfar
*Michael Lonsdale in Des hommes et des dieux by Xavier Beauvois
Edgar Ramirez in Carlos, le film by Olivier Assayas
Lambert Wilson in Des hommes et des dieux by Xavier Beauvois and La Princesse de Montpensier by Bertrand Tavernier

Best Female Newcomer
Lolita Chammah in Copacabana by Marc Fitoussi
Linda Doudaeva in Les Mains en l'air by Romain Goupil
Marie Féret in Nannerl, la sœur de Mozart by René Féret
Nina Rodriguez in No et moi by Zabou Breitman
*Yahima Torres in Vénus noire by Abdellatif Kechiche

Best Male Newcomer
Emile Berling in Le Bruit des glaçons by Bertrand Blier
Nahuel Perez Biscayart in Au fond des bois by Benoit Jacquot
*Antonin Chalon in No et moi by Zabou Breitman
Jules Pelissier in Simon Werner a disparu... by Fabrice Gobert
Aymen Saidi in Dernier étage gauche gauche by Angelo Clanci

To check the announcement please go here available only in French. Awards ceremony will be on January 14, 2011 and hope that TV5 Monde will broadcast live. In total there are 10 awards, the other two is the TV5 Monde Audience Award and the CST Prix.

I know I’m caught in the middle of the Oscar race but I know that there are other awards going on around the world, so eventually they will appear here. This year haven’t been able to really watch as many French movies as I like, but hope that eventually will be able to watch films I’m really ‘dying’ to see like the ones that got nominatios for Deneuve, Sagnier, Scott Thomas, and Carré; strangely enough I have already seen most films that gave nominations to actors, that’s really unusual. Have seen Gainsbourg (it’s really a crazy movie) and I’m “dying” to watch Venus Noire, Illégal, and L’Illusioniste. It’s official have to watch Carlos, le film (not the miniseries) as of this moment I’m really curious to find why is getting so many honors.

As we know these nominations gives us an idea of the possible nominations for the annual Cesar Awards and hope that by the time they are announced I will be able to already seen all films in the Best Actress category as I imagine all will be nominated as well.

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