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France's Oscar submission Les Misérables on Monday took top honors at the 2020 Lumiere Awards, often called the Golden Globes of France. The film, which is an Academy Award nominee for best international feature film, won three trophies, including for best film, screenplay and supporting actor for Alexis Manenti, but helmer Ladj Ly lost out to Roman Polanski for the best director prize, as the controversial filmmaker received the Lumiere for his historical drama An Officer and a Spy.
Members of the foreign press association in France, which votes for the awards, shared the Lumiere honors broadly this year. Roschdy Zem was tapped as best actor for his starring role in Arnaud Desplechin's crime drama Oh Mercy!, while Cannes favorite Portrait of a Lady on Fire's Noemie Merland won the best actress Lumiere and the pic's lenser Claire Mathone prevailed in the best cinematography category.
Elsewhere, best new actress honors went to Mina Meurisse for her role in Boris Lojkine's Camille; Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's The Mustang was named best first film; Netflix's I Lost My Body won in the best animated feature category; the best international production Lumiere was awarded to Elia Suleiman's Palestine drama It Must Be Heaven; and Yolande Zauberman's M was tapped as best documentary.
The Lumiere Awards ceremony was held at the Olympia theater in Paris and aired live of pay-TV channel CanalPlus.
A complete list of winners is below.
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