France's Cesar Awards: 'Me, Myself and Mum' Wins Best Film

"Me, Myself and Mum"
"Me, Myself and Mum"
 

PARIS -- The 39th annual Cesar Awards, France's big film prizes handed out by the Academy of Cinema Technical Arts and Sciences, began Friday evening at 9 p.m. at the historic Chatelet Theatre.

Guillaume Gallienne's box-office hit Me, Myself and Mum was the big winner of the evening, taking home five of the 10 prizes it was nominated for. The comedy -- adapted from his stage show -- won in the best film, best adapted screenplay, best editing and best first film, and Gallienne took the best actor prize for his performance in multiple roles.

Gallienne missed out on the best director award, which went to Roman Polanski for his Cannes entry Venus in Fur. Polanski gave a brief speech thanking his producers and those involved with the film. Later he said he was unprepared because he really didn't expect to win. Gallienne and Blue is the Warmest Color director Abdellatif Kechiche had been considered the frontrunners.

Best foreign film went to Belgian Felix Van Groeningen's Broken Circle Breakdown, which is also in the running for a best foreign-film Oscar on Sunday. Van Groeningen wasn't on hand to accept as he is already in Los Angeles to celebrate his nomination, so the award was accepted by lead actor Johan Heldenbergh. He is heading to L.A. on a 6 a.m. flight, and promised to pack the statue in his suitcase for Van Groeningen.

Quentin Tarantino was nominated in the best foreign film category for Django Unchained. He left empty-handed, but received praise and thanks from honorary Cesar recipient Scarlett Johansson when he presented her with her statue. "Thank you, Quentin, for taking time out from saving us from mediocrity," she said. "Thank you for making us all take a look at ourselves to make us be better. I am deeply in your debt."

The new Parisian, who offended her new neighbors by calling them "rude" during a recent appearance on Late Night With David Letterman, thanked the country and city for the honor.

"I am deeply, deeply touched to receive this award tonight. I would like to thank France and the city of Paris of embracing me and welcoming me as family. There is not a day that I spend here that I am not deeply touched by the beauty of this city," she offered.

Backstage she said learning French is her upcoming summer project, but that her time so far has been spent with director Luc Besson filming the upcoming Lucy.

Cannes' big winner Blue Is the Warmest Color was nominated in eight categories but took home only one prize, that for most promising actress for Adele Exarchopoulos. Her co-star Lea Seydoux was passed over for the best actress prize in favor of Sandrine Kiberlain in the pregnancy comedy 9 Month Stretch. It was a formidable category, with Catherine Deneuve, Berenice Bejo and Fanny Ardant also nominated.

Blue director Kechiche was a no-show, though Exarchopoulos said she had hoped he would be there and looked for him when she arrived. After taking the top prize at Cannes, the cast and director entered into a months-long public fight that tarnished their historic collective Palme d'Or -- an ugly controversy that may have colored voters' feelings toward the film.

Best supporting actress nominee Julie Gayet did show up, however, marking her first public appearance since being romantically linked to French President Francois Hollande and causing the split of the French first couple. Adele Haenel received the award for the coming-of-age tale Suzanne.

The French Academy is made up of 4,381 members. Here's a complete list of categories and nominees (Updating live):

BEST FILM

**Me, Myself and Mum (WINNER)**

9 Month Stretch

Stranger by the Lake

Jimmy P.

The Past

Venus in Fur

Blue Is the Warmest Color

BEST DIRECTOR

**Roman Polanski for Venus in Fur (WINNER)**

Albert Dupontel for 9 Month Stretch

Guillaume Gallienne for Me, Myself and Mum

Alain Guiraudie for Stranger by the Lake

Arnaud Desplechin for Jimmy P.

Asghar Farhadi for The Past

Abdellatif Kechiche for Blue Is the Warmest Color

BEST FOREIGN FILM

**The Broken Circle Breakdown, director Felix van Groeningen (WINNER)**

Blancanieves, director Pablo Berger

Blue Jasmine, director Woody Allen

Dead Man Talking, director Patrick Ridremont

Django Unchained, director Quentin Tarantino

La Grande Bellezza, director Paolo Sorrentino

Gravity, director Alfonso Cuaron

BEST ACTRESS

**Sandrine Kiberlain for 9 Month Stretch (WINNER)**

Fanny Ardant for Les Beaux Jours

Berenice Bejo for The Past

Catherine Deneuve for Elle S'En Va

Sara Forestier for Suzanne

Emmanuelle Seigner for Venus in Fur

Lea Seydoux for Blue Is the Warmest Color 

BEST ACTOR

Mathieu Amalric for Venus in Fur

Michel Bouquet for Renoir

Albert Dupontel for 9 Month Stretch

Gergory Gadebois for Mon Ame Par Toi Guerie

**Guillaume Gallienne for Me, Myself and Mum (WINNER)**

Fabrice Luchini for Alceste a Bicyclette

Mads Mikkelsen for Michael Kohlhaas 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

**Adele Haenel for Suzanne (WINNER)**

Marisa Borini for A Castle in Italy

Francoise Fabian for Me, Myself and Mum

Julie Gayet for Quai d'Orsay

Geraldine Pailhas for Young & Beautiful

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

**Niels Arestrup for Quai d'Orsay (WINNER)**

Patrick Chesnais for Les Beaux Jours

Patrick d'Assumcao for Stranger by the Lake

Olivier Gourmet for Grand Central

Francois Damiens for Suzanne

MOST PROMISING ACTRESS (NEWCOMER) 

**Adele Exarchopoulos for Blue Is the Warmest Color (WINNER)**

Lou de Laage for Jappeloup

Pauline Etienne for La Religieuse

Goshifteh Farahni for Syngue Sabour - Pierre de Patience

Marine Vacth for Young & Beautiful

MOST PROMISING ACTOR (NEWCOMER) 

**Pierre Deladonchamps for Stranger by the Lake (WINNER)**

Paul Bartel for Les Petits Princes

Paul Hamy for Suzanne

Vincent Macaigne for La Fille du 14 Juillet

Nemo Schiffman for Elle S'En Va 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

**Albert Dupontel for 9 Month Stretch (WINNER)**

Philippe Le Guay for Alceste a Bicyclette

Alain Guiraudie for Stranger by the Lake

Asghar Farhadi for The Past

Katelle Quillevere and Mariette Desert for Suzanne

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

**Guillaume Gallienne for Me, Myself and Mum (WINNER)**

Arnaud Desplechin for Jimmy P.

Antonin Baudry, Christophe Blain and Bertrand Tavernier for Quai d'Orsay

David Ives and Roman Polanski for Venus in Fur

Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalya Lacroix for Blue Is the Warmest Color

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC 

**Martin Wheeler for Michael Kohlhaas (WINNER)**

Jorge Arriagada for Alceste a Bicyclette

Loik Dury and Christophe "Disco" Minck for Chinese Puzzle

Etienne Charry for L'Ecume des Jours

Alexandre Desplat for Venus in Fur

BEST SOUND

**Jean-Pierre Duret, Jean Mallet and Melissa Petitjean for Michael Kohlhaas (WINNER)**

Marc-Antoine Beldent, Loic Prian and Olivier Do Huu for Me, Myself and Mum

Philippe Grivel and Nathalie Vidal for Stranger by the Lake

Lucien Balibar, Nadine Muse and Cyril Holtz for Venus in Fur

Jerome Chenevoy, Fabien Pochet and Jean-Paul Hurier for Blue Is the Warmest Color

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

**Thomas Hardmeier for The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (WINNER)**

Claire Mathon for Stranger by the Lake

Jeanne Lapoirie for Michael Kohlhaas

Mark Ping Bing Lee for Renoir

Sofian el Fani for Blue Is the Warmest Color

BEST EDITING 

Christophe Pinel for 9 Month Stretch

**Valerie Deseine for Me, Myself and Mum (WINNER)**

Jean-Christophe Hym for Stranger by the Lake

Juliette Welfling for The Past

Camille Toubkis, Albertine Lastera and Jean-Marie Langelle for Blue Is the Warmest Color

BEST COSTUME 

**Pascaline Chavanne for Renoir (WINNER)**

Florence Fontaine for L'Ecume des Jours

Madeline Fontaine for The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Olivier Beriot for Me, Myself and Mum

Anina Diener for Michael Kohlhaas

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN (DECOR)

**Stephane Rozenbaum for L'Ecume des Jours (WINNER)**

Aline Bonetto for The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Sylive Olive for Me, Myself and Mum

Yan Arlaud for Michael Kohlhaas

Benoit Barouh for Renoir

BEST DOCUMENTARY 

**Sur le Chemin de l'Ecole, director Pascal Plisson (WINNER)**

Comment J'ai Deteste les Maths, director Olivier Peyon

Le Dernier des Injustes, director Claude Lanzmann

Il Etait une Foret, director Luc Jacquet

La Maison de la Raido, director Nicolas Philibert

BEST FIRST FILM 

**Me, Myself and Mum, director Guillaume Gallienne (WINNER)**

La Bataille de Solferino, director Justine Triet

La Cage Doree, director Ruben Alves

En Solitaire, director Christophe Offenstein

La Fille du 14 Julliet, director Antonin Peretjatko

BEST SHORT FILM  

** Avant Que de Tout Perdre, director Xavier Legrand (WINNER)**

Bambi, director Sebastien Lifshitz

La Fugue, director Jean-Bernard Marlin

Les Lezards, director Vincent Mariette

Marseille la Nuit, director Marie Monge

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 

**Loulou l'Incroyable Secret, director Eric Omond (WINNER)**

Ayay de Yopougon, directors Marguerite Aboute and Clement Oubrerie

My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill, directors Marc Boreal and Thibaut Chatel

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM 

**Mademoiselle Kiki et les Montparnos, director Amelie Harrault (WINNER)**

Lettres de Femmes, director Augusto Zanovello

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