'Glory,' 'Chatterley,' 'Tell No One' top Cesar noms


PARIS -- Rachid Bouchareb's "Days of Glory," Pascale Ferran's "Lady Chatterley" and Guillaume Canet's "Tell No One" dominate the nominations for this year's Cesar Awards, France's top film honors, with each film vying for nine awards, organizers said Friday.

Alain Resnais' "Coeurs" and Xavier Giannoli's "When I Was a Singer" trail with eight and seven nominations, respectively.

"Days of Glory," a harrowing portrayal of North Africans who fought to liberate France during World War II, followed up its foreign-language Oscar nomination with nine Cesar noms including best film, director and original script.

"Tell No One," Guillaume Canet's adaptation of Harlan Coben's thriller, also bagged nine nominations, including best film, director and actor (Francois Cluzet).

"Lady Chatterley," a critics' favorite that picked up the Louis Delluc prize in December, rounded out the trio with nominations in the best film, director and actress (Marina Hands) categories.

Philippe Lioret's adolescent drama "Don't Worry, I'm Fine," also will compete in the best film category, nabbing a total of five nominations including best director and female newcomer (Melanie Laurent).

Cecile de France, who took last year's supporting actress Cesar, will compete against herself in the best actress category for her roles in "When I Was a Singer" and "Avenue Montaigne." Catherine Frot ("The Page Turner"), Charlotte Gainsbourg ("I Do") and Marina Hands ("Lady Chatterley") also will vie for the prize.

Nominees in the best actor category include Michel Blanc, who plays a farmer in French boxoffice hit "You're So Beautiful"; Alain Chabat, for his hilarious portrayal of a reluctant lover in "I Do"; Gerard Depardieu, for his role as a worn-out ballroom singer in "When I Was a Singer"; Jean Dujardin, who plays the French reincarnation of James Bond in "OSS 117"; and Francois Cluzet, a man searching for his missing wife in "Tell No One."

"Singer," "Glory" and "Beautiful" will vie for best original screenplay alongside "Avenue Montaigne" and "Jean-Philippe" while "No One," "Chatterley," "OSS 117" and "Don't Worry" will compete with Alain Resnais' ensemble hit "Private Fears in Public Places" in the best adaptation category.

Christine Citti ("Singer"), Mylene Demongeot ("French California") and Bernadette Lafont ("I Do") will compete for the best supporting actress prize with French singer Dani ("Avenue Montaigne") and this year's Cesars ceremony host, Valerie Lemercier ("Montaigne").

The nominees for best supporting actor are Danny Boon ("The Valet"), Francois Cluzet ("Four Stars"), Andre Dussollier ("No One"), Guy Marchand ("Inside Paris") and Kad Merad ("Don't Worry").

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel," Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine," Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," Stephen Frears' "The Queen" and Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" will compete for best foreign-language film.

The Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques has added a new documentary category this year, said Academy president Alain Terzian. Nominees for the new prize include Karl Zero and Michel Royer's "Being Jacques Chirac," William Karel's "My Dad Is Into Terrorism," Jean-Henri Meunier's "Ici Najac, A Vous la Terre," Chantal Akerman's "La-bas" and Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon's "Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait."

Lemercier will preside over the 32nd annual Cesar Awards ceremony Feb. 24 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. It will be broadcast live on Canal Plus.

A complete list of nominees follows:

"Days of Glory," Jean Brehat
"Don't Worry, I'm Fine," Christophe Rossignon
"Lady Chatterley," Gilles Sandoz
"Tell No One," Alain Attal
"When I was a Singer," Xavier Giannoli

Rachid Bouchareb, "Days of Glory"
Guillaume Canet, "Tell No One"
Pascale Ferran, "Lady Chatterley"
Philippe Lioret, "Don't Worry, I'm Fine"
Alain Resnais, "Private Fears in Public Places"

Michel Blanc, "You Are So Handsome"
Alain Chabat, "I Do"
Francois Cluzet, "Tell No One"
Gerard Depardieu, "When I was a Singer"
Jean Dujardin, "OSS 117"

Cecile de France, "Avenue Montaigne"
Cecile de France, " When I was a Singer"
Catherine Frot, "The Page Turner"
Charlotte Gainsbourg, "I Do"
Marina Hands, "Lady Chatterley"

Xavier Giannoli, "When I was a Singer"
Olivier Lorelle and Rachid Bouchareb, "Days of Glory"
Isabelle Mergault, "You Are So Handsome"
Daniele Thompson and Christopher Thompson, "Avenue Montaigne"
Laurent Tuel and Christophe Turpin, "Jean-Philippe"

Guillaume Canet and Philippe Lefebvre, "Tell No One"
Pascale Ferran, Rover Bohbot and Pierre Tridivic, "Lady Chatterley"
Jean-Francois Halin and Michel Hazanavicius, "OSS 117"
Philippe Lioret and Olivier Adam, "Don't Worry, I'm Fine"
Jean-Michel Ribes, "Private Fears in Public Places"

Patrick Blossier, "Days of Glory"
Eric Gautier, "Private Fears in Public Places"
Julien Hirsch, "Lady Chatterley"
Christophe Offenstein, "Tell No One"
Guillaume Schiffman, "OSS 117"

Dany Boon, "The Valet"
Francois Cluzet, "Quatre Etoiles"
Andre Dussollier, "Tell No One"
Guy Marchand, "Dans Paris"
Kad Merad, "Don't Worry, I'm Fine"

Christine Citti, "When I was a Singer"
Dani, "Avenue Montaigne"
Mylene Demongeot, "La Californie"
Bernadette Laffont, "I Do"
Valerie Lemercier, "Avenue Montaigne"

Deborah Francois, "The Page Turner"
Marina Hands, "Lady Chatterley"
Melanie Laurent, "Don't Worry, I'm Fine"
Aissa Maiga, "Bamako"
Maiwenn, "Forgive Me"

"13 Tzameti," Gela Babluani
"Pieces If Antonin," Gabriel Le Bomin
"You Are So Handsome," Isabelle Mergault
"Bad Faith," Roschdy Zem
"Forgive Me," Maiwenn

"Being Jacques Chirac," Karl Zero, Michel Royer
"My Dad Is into Terrorism," William Karel
"Najac Calling, Over to You Earth," Jean Henri Meunier
"Down There," Chantal Akerman
"Zidane: A Portrait of the 21st Century," Philippe Parreno, Douglas Gordon

Jean-Marie Blondel, Thomas Desjonqueres, Gerard Lamps, "Private Fears in Public Places"
Jean Jacques Ferran, Nicolas Moreau and Jean Pierre Laforce, "Lady Chatterley"
Pierre Gamet, Jean Goudier and Gerard Lamps, "Tell No One"
Olivier Hespel, Olivier Walczak, Franck Rubio and Thomas Gauder, "Days of Glory"
Francois Musy and Gabriel Hafner, "When I was a Singer"

Armand Amar, "Days of Glory"
Mathieu Chedid, "Tell No One"
Jerome Lemonnier, "The Page Turner"
Mark Snow, "Private Fears in Public Places"
Gabriel Yared, "Azur and Asmar"

Dominique Douret, "Days of Glory"
Maamar Ech Cheikh, "OSS 117"
Jean Luc Raoul, "The Tiger Brigades"
Francois-Renaud Labarthe, "Lady Chatterley"
Jacques Saulnier, "Private Fears in Public Places"

Marie Claude Altot, "Lady Chatterley"
Jackie Budin, "Private Fears in Public Places"
Charlotte David, "OSS 117"
Pierre-Jean Larroque, "The Tiger Brigades"
Michele Richer, "Days of Glory"

Martine Giordano, "When I was a Singer"
Yannick Kergoat, "Days of Glory"
Sylvie Landra, "Avenue Montaigne"
Herve de Luze, "Private Fears in Public Places"
Hervede Luze, "Tell No One "

"Bonbon au Poivre," Marc Fitoussi
"Fais de beaux reves," Marilyne Canto
"La Lecon de guitare," Martin Rit
"Le Mammouth Pobalski," Jacques Mitsch
"Les Volets," Lyece Boukhitine

"Babel," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
"Little Miss Sunshine," Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
"Brokeback Mountain," Ang Lee
"The Queen," Stephen Frears)
"Volver," Pedro Almodovar