'A Prophet' scoops French prizes

Dominates Crystal Globes, French Film Critics awards

PARIS -- France's film industry doesn't need a prophet to determine the favorite for this year's Cesar Awards as Jacques Audiard's gritty prison drama "A Prophet" continues to sweep through awards season here.

The drama was named best film of the year at the "Globes de Cristal" (Crystal Globes) ceremony Monday night and earned the French Film Critics Syndicate's top prize announced Tuesday.

The film's breakout star Tahar Rahim was named best actor at the Globes de Cristal ceremony held at Paris' Lido theater. Isabelle Adjani was named best actress for her role in "Skirt Day."

Thousands of national and regional French journalists vote for the prizes over the Internet and awards in categories including theater, opera, dance, literature, fashion designer and art expo were also distributed.

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The French Film Critics Syndicate also gave prizes to Nassim Amaouche's "Adieu, Gary" for best first film, Patrick-Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic's "L'Autre" for best singular film, an award for best co-production in the French language, and Michael Haneke's Oscar-nominated "The White Ribbon" for best foreign film. ("A Prophet" also will compete for that prize at the March 7 Oscar ceremony.) The country's most prestigious film biz prizes will be awarded at the Cesar ceremony on Feb. 27.