Jodie Foster to Preside Over France's Cesar Awards

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Oscar winner is the first foreign president of the awards, happening Feb. 25, since Marcello Mastroianni in 1993.

PARIS -- Jodie Foster will add American flavor to France's version of the Oscars when the Academy Award-winning actress presides over the 36th annual Cesar Awards ceremony on Feb. 25, organizers confirmed late Monday. 

Foster, who was raised partly in France and speaks perfect French, will be filming Roman Polanski's God of Carnage in the country as of early February so won't have to travel far for the ceremony.

No stranger to French cinema, Foster boasts roles in Eric Le Hung's 1977 film Moi, Fleur Bleue, Claude Chabrol's The Blood of Others in 1984 and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement in 2004. Foster is the first foreign President of the Cesar Awards since Marcello Mastroianni in 1993. French actor Antoine De Caunes will reprise his role as Master of Ceremonies for the event held at the Chatelet Theater and broadcast by Gallic pay TV giant Canal Plus. The nominees will be announced on Friday, Jan. 21 in Paris.