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Rachid Bouchareb's "Days of Glory," Pascale Ferran's "Lady Chatterley" and Guillaume Canet's "Tell No One" dominated the nominations for this year's Cesar Awards, France's top film honors, with each film vying for nine awards.

The next-highest number of noms, announced Friday, went to Alain Resnais' "Coeurs" and Xavier Giannoli's "When I Was a Singer," with eight and seven, respectively.

"Glory," a harrowing portrayal of North Africans who fought to liberate France during World War II, followed up its foreign- language Oscar nomination with Cesar noms including best film, director and original script.

Noms for "No One," an adaptation of Harlan Coben's thriller, include best film, director and actor (Francois Cluzet).

"Chatterley," a critics' favorite that picked up the Louis Delluc Prize for best French film of the year, scored nominations including best film, director and actress (Marina Hands).

Philippe Lioret's adolescent drama "Don't Worry, I'm Fine" also will compete in the best film category, having nabbed a total of five nominations including best director and female newcomer (Melanie Laurent).

Cecile de France, who took last year's supporting actress Cesar, will compete against herself in the best actress category for her roles in "When I Was a Singer" and "Avenue Montaigne." Catherine Frot ("The Page Turner"), Charlotte Gainsbourg ("I Do") and Marina Hands ("Chatterley") also will vie for the prize.

Nominees in the best actor category include Michel Blanc, who plays a farmer in French boxoffice hit "You're So Beautiful"; Alain Chabat, for his hilarious portrayal of a reluctant lover in "I Do"; Gerard Depardieu, for his role as a worn-out ballroom singer in "Singer"; Jean Dujardin, who plays the French reincarnation of James Bond in "OSS 117"; and Francois Cluzet, a man searching for his missing wife in "No One."

"Singer," "Glory" and "Beautiful" will vie for best original screenplay alongside "Avenue Montaigne" and "Jean-Philippe," while "No One," "Chatterley," "OSS 117" and "Don't Worry" will compete with Resnais' ensemble hit "Private Fears in Public Places" in the best adaptation category.

Christine Citti ("Singer"), Mylene Demongeot ("French California") and Bernadette Lafont ("I Do") will compete for the best supporting actress prize with French singer Dani ("Avenue Montaigne") and this year's Cesars ceremony host, Valerie Lemercier ("Montaigne").

The nominees for best supporting actor are Danny Boon ("The Valet"), Cluzet ("Four Stars"), Andre Dussollier ("No One"), Guy Marchand ("Inside Paris") and Kad Merad ("Don't Worry").

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel," Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine," Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," Stephen Frears' "The Queen" and Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" will compete for best foreign-language film.

The Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques has added a new documentary category this year, said Academy president Alain Terzian. Nominees for the new prize include Karl Zero and Michel Royer's "Being Jacques Chirac," William Karel's "My Dad Is Into Terrorism," Jean-Henri Meunier's "Ici Najac, A Vous la Terre," Chantal Akerman's "La-bas" and Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon's "Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait."

Lemercier will preside over the 32nd annual Cesar Awards ceremony Feb. 24 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. It will be broadcast live on Canal Plus.

A complete list of nominees is at www.hollywoodreporter.com.
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