'Persepolis' among Cristal crowd


PARIS -- Oscar animated feature nominee "Persepolis" struck gold at France's Globes de Cristal prize ceremony Monday night, nabbing the award for best film.

Famed Gallic philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Levy presided over the third annual awards night celebrating the best in the year of French culture at a lavish soiree at Paris' Lido Theater.

Cecile de France was named best actress for her role in Claude Miller's Holocaust drama "A Secret," and Romain Duris was crowned best actor for his title role as the famous playwright in Laurent Tirard's "Moliere."

Sandrine Bonnaire's personal portrait of her sister, "Her Name is Sabine," won the best documentary prize.

Awards also were dished out in categories for theater, opera, dance, literature, fashion designer and art expo.

Some 4,600 national and regional French journalists vote for the prizes and the event was broadcast live on Gallic cable network Paris Premiere.