Ladj Ly's Oscar-nominated drama took the top honor at the ceremony known as the Golden Globes of France.
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.
By the Grace of God, François Ozon
An Officer and a Spy, Roman Polanski
WINNER: Les Misérables, Ladj Ly
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma
Oh Mercy!, Arnaud Desplechin
Jeremy Clapin, I Lost My Body
Arnaud Desplechin, Oh Mercy!
Ladj Ly, Les Misérables
WINNER: Roman Polanski, An Officer and a Spy
Celine Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Fanny Ardant, La Belle Epoque
Anais Demoustier, Alice and the Mayor
Eva Green, Proxima
WINNER: Noemie Merlant, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Karin Viard, The Perfect Nanny
Swann Arlaud, By the Grace of God
Daniel Auteuil, La Belle Epoque
Jean Dujardin, An Officer and a Spy
Fabrice Luchini, Alice and the Mayor
WINNER: Roschdy Zem, Oh Mercy!
Nicolas Bedos, La Belle Epoque
WINNER: Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini and Alexis Manenti, Les Misérables
Francois Ozon, By the Grace of God
Nicholas Pariser, Alice and the Mayor
Roman Polanski and Robert Harris, An Officer and a Spy
Manuel Dacosse, By the Grace of God
Pawel Edelman, An Officer and a Spy
Irina Lubtchansky, Oh Mercy!
WINNER: Claire Mathon, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Julien Poupard, Les Misérables
Atlantics, Mati Diop
Conviction, Antoine Raimbault
Les Misérables, Ladj Ly
WINNER: The Mustang, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Perdirix, Erwan Le Duc
The Bears Famous Invasion of Sicily, Lorenzo Mattotti
Funan, Denis Do
The Swallows of Kabul, Zabou Breitman et Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec
WINNER: I Lost My Body, Jérémy Clapin
Wardi, Mats Grorud
Celeste Brunnquell, The Dazzled
Mina Fardi, An Easy Girl
WINNER: Nina Meurisse, Camille
Lise Leplat Prudhomme, Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
Mama Sane, Atlantics
Thomas Daloz, Particles
WINNER: Alexis Manenti, Les Misérables
Tom Mercer, Synonyms
Issa Perica, Les Misérables
Timothée Robart, Burning Ghost
Bacurau, Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
WINNER: It Must Be Heaven, Elia Suleiman
Young Ahmed, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Lola, Laurent Micheli
Papicha, Mounia Meddour
Living and Knowing You're Alive, Alain Cavalier
Lourdes, Thierry Demaizière et Alban Teurlai
WINNER: M, Yolande Zauberman
Just Don't Think I'll Scream, Frank Beauvais
68, Mon Pere et les Clous, Samuel Bigiaoui
Fatima al Qadiri, Atlantics
Christophe, Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
WINNER: Alexandre Desplat, Adults in the Room
Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine, By the Grace of God
Dan Levy, I Lost My Body