France's Lumiere Awards: 'Mustang' Takes Top Honors

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Isabelle Huppert

The Oscar-nominated film won best film, best first feature and acting prizes, while Isabelle Huppert recieved a career honor.

Oscar-nominated Mustang from director Deniz Gamze Erguven took both the best picture and the best first feature film prizes at France's Lumiere Awards.

The five actresses who star in the coming-of-age story also shared the "revelation" prize awarded to new talent.

Arnaud Desplechin took home the best director prize for his Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry My Golden Days, and Philippe Faucon won best screenplay for immigration drama Fatima. That film also took home France's Louis Delluc Critics’ Prize in December.

Catherine Frot won for her role as a misguidedly aspiring opera singer in the dramedy Marguerite, and Vincent Lindon won the best actor prize for his role in The Measure of a Man, which had also won him the best actor trophy in Cannes.

The award for best French language film from outside of France went to Morocco’s Nabil Ayouch for his prostitution drama Much Loved, which was banned in his country following its Cannes debut.

The best documentary category was a new addition to the awards, but the vote ended in a tie between Chilean director Patricio Guzman’s The Pearl Button, which took the best screenplay Silver Bear at last year’s Berlinale, and The Missing Picture from Cambodian director Rithy Panh, which won the Un Certain Regard prize in Cannes in 2014.

The ceremony at the city’s Pierre Cardin center aired live for the first time on Cineplus.fr and TV5Monde around the word. The ceremony also featured a special tribute to actress Isabelle Huppert.

Much like the Golden Globes in the U.S., the Lumiere Academy consists of foreign journalists and international press in France, representing more than 20 countries from around the world.

Here’s a complete look at the winners:

Best Picture
Mustang, by Deniz Gamze Ergüven 

Best Director 
Arnaud Desplechin for My Golden Days

Best Screenplay 
Philippe Faucon for Fatima 

Best Actress 
Catherine Frot for Marguerite

Best Actor 
Vincent Lindon for The Measure of a Man and Diary of a Chambermaid 

Female ‘Revelation’ prize  
Gunes Nezihe Şensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguşlu, Elit Iscan, Tugba Sunguroglu and Ilayda Akdogan for Mustang 

Male 'Revelation' prize 
Rod Paradot for Standing Tall

Heike Hurst Prize for Best First Feature Film 
Deniz Gamze Erguven for Mustang

Best French Language film from outside of France 
Much Loved by Nabil Ayouch (Morocco)

Best Cinematography
David Chizallet for Mustang, The Anarchists

Best Music 
Gregoire Hetzel Summertime and My Golden Days

Best Documentary 
The Pearl Button by Patricio Guzman 
The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh

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