Dana, Quivrin earn French newcomer nods

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PARIS -- The French film world extended its awards season Monday night as young thesps Audrey Dana and Jocelyn Quivrin were named most promising newcomers at the Romy Schneider/Patrick Deware prize ceremony.

Dana, whose breakout performance in Claude Lelouch's "Crossed Tracks" earned her a Cesar nomination this year, received the Romy Schneider award, which has been given to a promising young actress since 1984.

Quivrin, also nominated for a Cesar for his role in Jan Koenen's "99 Francs," was awarded the first ever Patrick Deware prize for most promising actor. The Deware prize replaces the traditional Jean Gabin award, given to the country's most promising male talent since 1981.

Winners were chosen by two separate juries composed of French journalists.

Dana and Quivrin received their prizes at a lavish ceremony at Paris' Royal Monceau hotel in the company of family and friends, including a surprise visit from "Tracks" director Claude Lelouch and Quivrin's real-life companion and co-star of recently released comedy "Notre Univers Impitoyable," Alice Taglioni.

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