Roman Polanski's 'An Officer and a Spy' Gets Five Nominations for France's Lumiere Awards

12:01 AM 1/1/2020

by Rhonda Richford

The film received nods in key categories, while France's Oscar submission 'Les Misérables' also received mentions in the best first film and young actor categories.

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France's Oscar submission Les Misérables on Tuesday led the Lumiere Award nominations, with seven including for best film, director and screenplay for first-time helmer Ladj Ly. The film topped the nomination numbers with two mentions in the best new actor category.

Roman Polanski's An Officer and a Spy earned five nods amidst calls from a coalition of film industry professionals and activists to rescind his European Film Award nominations. French feminists have called for a boycott of the pic and led protests at theaters around the country after actress Valentine Monnier came forward with a new accusation of rape in the newspaper Le Parisien just ahead of the film's release.

Despite the controversy, Spy received nominations for best film, director, screenplay and cinematography, as well as a best actor nod for Oscar winner Jean Dujardin.

The awards — often referred to as the Golden Globes of France — are awarded by the Lumiere Academy, which is made up of 100 journalists from 20 countries.

This year marks the first time the helmer of an animated film was nominated in the main category, with Jeremy Clapin getting a best director nod for I Lost My Body.

The awards are set to be held Jan. 27 at the Olympia theater in Paris and will air on pay-TV channel CanalPlus.

Below is a complete list of nominations.

  • Best Film

    By the Grace of God, François Ozon
    An Officer and a Spy, Roman Polanski
    Les Misérables, Ladj Ly
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma
    Oh Mercy!, Arnaud Desplechin

  • Best Director

    Jeremy Clapin, I Lost My Body
    Arnaud Desplechin, Oh Mercy!
    Ladj Ly, Les Misérables
    Roman Polanski, An Officer and a Spy
    Celine Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire

  • Best Actress

    Fanny Ardant, La Belle Epoque
    Anais Demoustier, Alice and the Mayor
    Eva Green, Proxima
    Noemie Merlant, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
    Karin Viard, The Perfect Nanny

  • Best Actor

    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
    Roschdy Zem, Oh Mercy!

  • Best Screenplay

    Nicolas Bedos, La Belle Epoque
    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

  • Best Cinematography

    Manuel Dacosse, By the Grace of God
    Pawel Edelman, An Officer and a Spy
    Irina Lubtchansky, Oh Mercy!
    Claire Mathon, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
    Julien Poupard, Les Misérables

  • Best First Film

    Atlantics, Mati Diop
    Conviction, Antoine Raimbault
    Les Misérables, Ladj Ly
    Nevada, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
    Perdirix, Erwan Le Duc

  • Best Animated Film

    The Bears Famous Invasion of Sicily, Lorenzo Mattotti
    Funan, Denis Do
    The Swallows of Kabul, Zabou Breitman et Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec
    I Lost My Body, Jérémy Clapin
    Wardi, Mats Grorud

  • Best New Actress

    Celeste Brunnquell, The Dazzled
    Mina Fardi, An Easy Girl
    Nina Meurisse, Camille
    Lise Leplat Prudhomme, Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
    Mama Sane, Atlantics

  • Best New Actor

    Thomas Daloz, Particles
    Alexis Manenti, Les Misérables
    Tom Mercer, Synonyms
    Issa Perica, Les Misérables
    Timothée Robart, Burning Ghost

  • Best International Co-Production

    Bacurau, Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
    It Must Be Heaven, Elia Suleiman
    Young Ahmed, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
    Lola, Laurent Micheli
    Papicha, Mounia Meddour

  • Best Documentary

    Living and Knowing You're Alive, Alain Cavalier
    Lourdes, Thierry Demaizière et Alban Teurlai
    M, Yolande Zauberman
    Just Don't Think I'll Scream, Frank Beauvais
    68, Mon Pere et les Clous, Samuel Bigiaoui

  • Best Music

    Fatima al Qadiri, Atlantics
    Christophe, Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
    Alexandre Desplat, Adults in the Room
    Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine, By the Grace of God
    Dan Levy, I Lost My Body