Hosted for the first time by comedian Florence Foresti, the César Awards proved quite entertaining to watch. Though the French ceremony is nothing like its British or American counterpart, there were funny numbers, emotion and three triumphs.
A beautiful film and the picture representing France at the upcoming Oscars, Deniz Gamze Ergüven‘s Mustang won four trophies: for best first film, best original script, best editing and best music. Castafiore story retold Marguerite also scooped four awards: Best Actress for Catherine Frot, Best Costumes, Best Decor and Best Sound. Beautiful social oriented film Fatima won its share of trophies: Best Female Newcomer for Zita Hanrot, Best Film and Best Adaptation.
Which left few —yet prestigious— awards to the other films: Rod Paradot won the Best Male Newcomer César for Standing Tall (La tête haute). Arnaud Desplechin won the Best Directing award for Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse. Vincent Lindon, winner of the prix d’interprétation in Cannes, won his first César ever for Best Actor. Benoît Magimel won the Best Supporting Actor César and Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen won the Best Supporting Actress.
Demain, the documentary directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent was rewarded, just as was Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu‘s Birdman.