Oscar nominees Isabelle Huppert and "My Life as a Zucchini" won in their categories at the Gallic Golden Globes.
Two Oscar nominees took home big prizes at France's Lumiere Awards, with Isabelle Huppert winning the best actress prize for her role in Elle and My Life as a Zucchini scoring a best animated film win, as the French foreign press academy handed out prizes during a ceremony held at the Madeleine Theater in Paris.
Huppert, fresh from an overnight flight returning from Sunday's SAG Awards, thanked the academy and said she was "surprised and very touched" by the recognition. She also said director Paul Verhoeven was "extraordinary" to work with.
Verhoeven's Elle was the big winner with three trophies, including best film, best director and Huppert's actress nod. It had been nominated in four categories, tied with Albert Serra's The Death of Louis XIV, Alain Guiraudie’s Staying Vertical and Stephane Brize’s A Woman’s Life.
Verhoeven was still in Los Angeles and spoke via video message, in whcich he thanked Huppert for the "audacity" of her performance and delighted the crowd with a promise to return. "I hope to do my next movie in France," he said. "This film is a miracle," he added when he next accepted the award for best film.
Jean-Pierre Leaud won the best actor prize for his role as the titular king in The Death of Louis XIV, and the film also won in the best cinematography category.
Zucchini also won in the best screenplay category for Celine Sciamma, who won a special prize for her Girlhood from the academy in 2015.
The ceremony also paid hommage to a very pregnant Marion Cottilard, who thanked the academy and the French film community which supports independent film. "I share this with all of French cinema," she said.
Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux was also honored by the academy, which he noted recognized many films that have been in competiton over the years. He went on to thank former film festival president Gilles Jacob, as well as director Bertrand Tavernier, who won in the best documentary category.
Fremaux sat with Huppert and presented the best film category.
While the awards — often referred to as the France's equivalent of the Golden Globes, though the 100-strong academy is made up of a wide swath of foreign journalists from 20 countries — were founded in 1995, they have been growing quickly both in scope and prestige in the last few years.
Divines, which was nominated for a Golden Globe in the best foreign-language category, won in the best first film category for director Houda Benyamina’s first feature, and young actresses Oulaya Amamra and Deborah Lukumuena were recognized for their "Revelation" performances.
When Benyamina took to the stage she noted that her speech would be "short, concise, and classy" to the laughter of the audience, alluding to her much-criticized Cannes speech in which she defiantly shouted about being brave and "having clitoris."
A full list of winners is follows.
Elle by Paul Verhoeven (WINNER)
The Death of Louis XIV by Albert Serra
Nocturama by Bertrand Bonello
Les Ogres by Lea Fehner
Staying Vertical by Alain Guiraudie
A Woman’s Life by Stephane Brize
Paul Verhoeven for Elle (WINNER)
Bertrand Bonello for Nocturama
Stephane Brize for A Woman’s Life
Lea Fehner for Les Ogres
Alain Guiraudie for Staying Vertical
Albert Serra for The Death of Louis XIV
Isabelle Huppert for Elle (WINNER)
Judith Chemla for A Woman’s Life
Marion Cotillard for From the Land of the Moon
Virginie Efira for In Bed With Victoria
Sidse Babett Knudsen for 150 Milligrams
Soko for The Dancer
Jean-Pierre Leaud for The Death of Louis XIV (WINNER)
Pierre Deladonchamps for The Son of John
Gerard Depardieu for The End
Nicolas Duvauchelle for A Decent Man
Omar Sy and James Thierree for Chocolat
Gaspard Ulliel for Just the End of the World
Celine Sciamma for My Life as a Zucchini (WINNER)
David Birke for Elle
Lea Fehner, Catherine Paille and Brigitte Sy for Les Ogres
Emilie Freche and Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar for Heaven Will Wait
Alain Guiraudie for Staying Vertical
Francois Ozon for Frantz
Jonathan Ricquebourg for The Death of Louis XIV (WINNER)
Christophe Beaucarne for From the Land of the Moon
Benoit Debie for The Dancer
Antoine Heberle for A Woman’s Life
Leo Hinstin for Nocturama
Pascal Marti for Frantz
Damien Bonnard for Staying Vertical (WINNER)
Corentin Fila and Kacey Mottet Klein for Being 17
Finnegan Oldfield for Bang Gang
Toki Pilioko for Mercenary
Sadek for Tour de France
Niels Schneider for Dark Inclusion
Oulaya Amamra and Déborah Lukumuena for Divines (WINNER)
Paula Beer for Frantz
Lily Rose Depp for The Dancer
Manal Issa for Parisienne
Naomi Amarger and Noemie Merlant for Heaven Will Wait
Raph for Slack Bay
Divines by Houda Benyamina (WINNER)
Apnee by Jean-Christophe Meurisse
The Dancer by Stephanie di Giusto
Dark Inclusion by Arthur Harari
Still Life by Maud Alpi
Mercenary by Sacha Wolff
Hedi by Mohammed Ben Attia (Tunisia) (WINNER)
Belgica by Felix van Groeningen (Belgium)
The Unkown Girl by Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium)
Just the End of the World by Xavier Dolan (Canada)
Mimosas by Oliver Laxe (Morocco)
The First, The Last by Bouli Lanners (Belgium)
My Life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras (WINNER)
The Girl Without Hands by Sébastien Laudenbach
Louise by the Shore by Jean-François Laguionie
The Red Turtle by Michael Dudok de Wit
Long Way North by Remi Chaye
A Journey Through French Cinema by Bertrand Tavernier (WINNER)
The Woods by Claire Simon
Dernieres Nouvelles du Cosmos (The Latest News From the Cosmos) by Julie Bertuccelli
Thanks Boss! by Francois Ruffin
La sociologue et l’ourson (The Sociologist and the Bear) by Etienne Chaillou and Mathias Théry
Swagger by Olivier Babinet
Ibrahim Maalouf for Dans les forets de Siberie (In the Forests of Siberia) (WINNER)
Sophie Hunger for My Life as a Zucchini
Laurent Perez del Mar for The Red Turtle
ROB for Planetarium
Philippe Rombi for Frantz
Gabriel Yared for Just the End of the World