Cesar Awards: '120 BPM' Takes Six Awards Including Best Film

12:30 PM 3/2/2018

by Rhonda Richford

Best foreign-language Oscar nominee 'Loveless' took the prize here, while Agnes Varda and JR's Academy Awards contender 'Faces Places' lost out.

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Robin Campillo's 120 BPM led the tally at France's Cesar Awards on Friday night, taking home the top prize for best film as well as best original screenplay honors for Campillo and the best new actor prize for star Nahuel Perez Biscayart for a total of six awards.

Biscayart was also the star of Albert Dupontel's See You Up There, which took home five prizes, including for best director.

The two pics had gone into the evening tied with 13 nominations each, though 120 BPM had a slight edge, having taken home the French Academy's producers prize on Monday night.

Biscayart said that the fact that he had been included among the nominees had demonstrated how the Argentinian actor has been "welcomed by the French cinema community in a very positive and enthusiastic way."

"I don't really think about awards. I see things in both films, and both are very special. I played in two films that I am really proud of — being able to explore different energies and different things. I love them both," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Dupontel was not on hand for his win, as he has been absent from the awards season. The actor is said to dislike competition, and he refused to issue a screener or special theater tickets for voters. They still flocked to the screens — on their own dime, it seems — as See You Up There is still playing in Paris. 

After skipping the red carpet, Marion Cotillard made a surprise appearance in a sparkling Halpern gown to present an honorary Cesar to Penelope Cruz. Cotillard called her fellow actress "an inspiration with a luminous presence," and she also was joined onstage by director Pedro Almodovar. The Oscar-winning filmmaker asked the audience for a standing ovation for Cruz, and said it has been "an enormous privilege" to work with her on many films over the years before he brought her to the stage.

With husband Javier Bardem looking on, a visibly moved Cruz nearly began sobbing. "What emotion. I never imagined such an honor from the French Academy. France has always been very generous to me," she said in French. The actress also praised the French film industry for protecting its film culture and for the way it portrays women characters. Cruz switched to Spanish to thank Almodovar, who she said "lit a flame" within her that led to her acting career, and Bardem, who she said has "a big heart." She later said it was seeing her mother in the audience that brought on the tears.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was the three awards for Bloody Milk, director Hubert Chaurel's first film. Chaurel won in the first-film category, and also garnered the best supporting actress prize for Sara Giraudeau and best actor honors for Swann Arlaud.

Another big surprise was in the documentary category, where Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro took the Cesar over sentimental favorite Faces Places from legendary filmmaker Agnes Varda and artist JR. That film is also up for an Oscar in the documentary category. 

Varda, who is already in Los Angeles for the Academy Awards ceremony, was represented here again by a cardboard cutout, which she made famous at the Oscars class photo earlier this year.

In the best foreign film category, Andrey Zvyagintsev's Cannes Jury Prize winner Loveless prevailed, beating out both Dunkirk, which was largely shot in France, and Palme d'Or winner The Square. Both Loveless and The Square are also in the running for the best foreign-language film Oscar.

Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, Olga KurylenkoNoomi Rapace and Cannes Film Festival head Thierry Fremaux were among the French film luminaries that walked the red carpet before the Cesars ceremony, as well as designers Christian Louboutin and Jean-Paul Gaultier

Host Manu Payet opened the show just after 9 p.m. local time with a routine of singing and dancing trophies. He also joked about the acting categories, noting that the actress prize was just like the actor's, "except they make less." He also welcomed honoree Cruz in Spanish. 

Avoiding last year's scandal, in which Roman Polanski was appointed as a ceremonial president and later withdrew among protests from feminist groups, the Academy didn't appoint one this year but instead had actress Vanessa Paradis open the ceremony with an emotional speech supporting the Academy's #NowWeAct white ribbon campaign to battle violence against women. 

  • Best Film

    120 BPM produced by Hugues Charbonneau, Marie-Ange Luciani and directed by Robin Campillo (WINNER)

    See You Up There produced by Catherine Bozorgan, directed by Albert Dupontel

    Barbara, produced by Patrick Godeau, directed by Mathieu Amalric

    Le Brio, produced by Dimtri Rassam, Benjamin Elaouf and directed by Yvan Attal

    Patients, produced by Eirc Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer, Jean-Rachid, and directed by the Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir

    Bloody Milk, produced by Stephanie Bermann, Alexis Dulguerian and directed by Hubert Charuel

    C'est La Vie! produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun and directed by Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache

  • Best Director

    Albert Dupontel for See You Up There (WINNER)

    Robin Campillo for 120 BPM

    Mathieu Amalric for Barbara

    Julia Ducournau for Raw

    Hubert Charuel for Bloody Milk

    Michel Hazanavicius for Redoubtable

    Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache for C'est la Vie!

  • Best Actress

    Jeanne Balibar for Barbara (WINNER)

    Juliette Binoche for Let the Sunshine In

    Emmanuelle Devos for Number One

    Marina Fois for L'Atelier

    Charlotte Gainsbourg for Promise at Dawn

    Doria Tillier for Mr. & Mrs. Adelman

    Karin Viard for Jalouse

  • Best Actor

    Swann Arlaud for Bloody Milk (WINNER)

    Daniel Auteuil for Le Brio

    Jean-PIerre Bacri for C'est la Vie!

    Guillaume Canet for Rock'n'Roll

    Albert Dupontel for See You Up There

    Louis Garrel for Redoubtable

    Reda Kateb for Django

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Sara Giraudeau for Bloody Milk (WINNER)

    Laure Calamy for Ava

    Anais Demoustier for La Villa

    Adele Haenel for 120 BPM

    Melanie Thierry for See You Up There

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Antoine Reinartz for 120 BPM (WINNER)

    Niels Arestrup for See You Up There

    Laurent Lafitte for See you Up There

    Gilles Lellouche for C’est la Vie!

    Vincent Macaigne for C’est la Vie!

  • Best New Actress

    Camelia Jordana for Le Brio (WINNER)

    Iris Bry for The Guardians

    Laetitia Dosch for Montparnasse Bienvenue

    Eye Haidara for C'est la Vie!

    Garance Marillier for Raw

  • Best New Actor

    Nahuel Perez Biscayart for 120 BPM (WINNER)

    Benjamin Lavernhe for C'est la Vie!

    Finnegan Oldfield for Marvin ou la Belle Education

    Pablo Pauly for Patients

    Arnaud Valois for 120 BPM

  • Best Foreign Film

    Loveless by Andrei Zviaguintsev (WINNER)

    The Nile Hilton Incident by Tarik Saleh

    Dunkirk by Christopher Nolan

    The Royal Exchange by Marc Dugain

    La La Land by Damien Chazelle

    A Wedding by Stephan Streker

    The Square by Ruben Ostlund

  • Best Original Screenplay

    Robin Campillo for 120 BPM (WINNER)

    Mathieu Amalric, Philippe de Folco for Barbara

    Julia Ducournau for Raw

    Claude Le Pape, Hubert Charuel for Bloody Milk

    Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache for C'est la Vie!

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

    Albert Dupontel, PIerre Lemaitre for See You Up There (WINNER)

    Xavier Beauvois, Frederique Moreau, Marie-Juile Maille for The Guardians

    Grand Corps Malade, Fadette Drouard for Patients

    Eric Barbier, Marie Eynard for Promise at Dawn

    Michel Hazanavicius for Redoubtable

  • Best Documentary Film

    I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck (WINNER)

    12 Days by Raymond Depardon

    A Voix Haute – La Force de la Parole by Stephanie de Freitas and Ladj Ly

    Plot 35 by Eric Caravaca

    Faces Places by Agnes Varda, JR

  • Best First Film

    Bloody Milk directed by Hubert Charuel (WINNER)

    Raw directed by Julia Ducornau

    Montparnasse Bienvenue directed by Leonor Serraille

    Mr. & Mrs. Adelman directed by Nicolas Bedos

    Patients directed by Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir

  • Best Original Score

    Arnaud Rebotini for 120 BPM (WINNER)

    Christophe Julien for See You Up There

    Jim Williams for Raw

    Myd for Bloody Milk

    Matthieu Chedid for Faces Places

  • Best Sound

    Olivier Mauvezin, Nicolas Moreau, Stephane Thiebaut for Barbara (WINNER)

    Julien Sicart, Valerie de Loof, Jean-Pierre Laforce for 120 BPM

    Jean Minondo, Gurwal Coic-Gallas, Cyril Holtz, Damien Lazzerini for See You Up There

    Mathieu Descamps, Severin Favriau, Stephane Thiebaut for Raw

    Pascal Armant, Selim Azzazi, Jean-Paul Hurier for C'est la Vie!

  • Best Editing

    Robin Campillo for 120 BPM (WINNER)

    Christophe Pinel for See You Up There

    Francois Gedigier for Barbara

    Julie Lena, Lilian Corbeille, Gregoire Pontecaille for Bloody Milk

    Dorian Rigal Ansous for C'est la Vie!

  • Best Cinematography

    Vincent Mathais for See You Up There (WINNER)

    Jeanne Lapoirie for 120 BPM

    Christophe Beaucarne for Barbara

    Caroline Champetier for The Guardians

    Guilaume Schiffman for Redoubtable

  • Best Costumes

    Mimi Lempicka for See You Up There (WINNER)

    Isabelle Pannetier for 120 BPM

    Pascaline Chavanne for Barbara

    Anais Romand for The Guardians

    Catherine Bouchard for Promise at Dawn

  • Best Production Design

    Pierre Queffelean for See You Up There (WINNER)

    Emmanuelle Duplay for 120 BPM

    Laurent Baude for Barbara

    Pierre Renson for Promise at Dawn

    Christian Marti for Redoubtable

  • Best Animated Film

    The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales directed by Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert (WINNER)

    Sahara directed by Pierre Core

    Zombillenium directed by Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord

  • Best Animated Short Film

    Pepe le Morse directed by Lucrece Andreae (WINNER)

    Le Future Sera Chauve directed by Paul Cabon

    I Want Pluto to be a Planet Again directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Vladimir Mavounia-Kouka

    Le Jardin de Minuit directed by Benoit Chieux

  • Best Short Film

    Les Bigorneaux directed by Alice Vial (WINNER)

    Le Bleu Blanc Rouge de mes Cheveux directed by Josza Anjembe

    Debout Kinshasa directed by Sebastien Maitre

    Marlon directed by Jessica Palud

    Les Miserables directed by Ladj Ly