'Butterfly' tops at Lumieres


Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" dived into the spotlight at France's Lumiere Awards on Sunday, collecting the prize for French film of the year in addition to a best actor win for star Mathieu Amalric.

Schnabel's dramatic adaptation of paralyzed Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby's memoir premiered in May at the Festival de Cannes and has been an awards-season favorite stateside.

Paris' foreign press, who vote for the Lumieres, named Abdellatif Kechiche best director for "The Secret of the Grain," winner of the Louis Delluc prize for best French film of the year in December. Hafsia Herzi took the most promising actress award for her role in the film about an Arab family who settle in a seaside town in the south of France.

Marion Cotillard sang her way to the best actress prize for her role as Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose." The musical drama also won the TV5Monde Public Prize for best film of the year.

Gallic director Claude Lelouch presided over the 13th edition of the so-called "French Golden Globes," held at Paris' Hotel de Ville.

A complete list of winners can be found at THR.com.