Oscar 2007: France's Cesar Awards Nominations

January 25, 2008–The Diving Bell and the Butterfly features in the five nominations for picture at next months Cesar Awards, Frances top film kudofest. Julian Schnabel, also up for director, edged out the Coens to win director for Bell at the Golden Globes. Bell also won picture at the Prix Lumieres, Gauls equivalent of the Golden Globes.

Bell will face tough competition at the Cesars from at least two films: Olivier Dahans La Vie en rose, the latest French industry profile of a national cultural icon, Edith Piaf, which won lede Marion Cotillard a U.S. Academy nom as actress this week; and Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parannauds b/w toon feature, which shared a Cannes jury prize last year although it failed this month to make the noms in the Oscar foreign-language category.

Rounding up picture noms are Tunisian helmer Abdellatif Kechiches The Secret of the Grain, which took the special jury nod at Venice, and Claude Millers A Secret.

Competing in 11 categories, La Vie en rose leads the number of nominations for a single film.

The range of nominations bears tribute to the inclusive cosmopolitan spirit of French filmmaking.

Schnabel, Dahan, Kechiche, Miller and Andre Techine, for The Witnesses, face off for director.

Cotillard and Mathieu Almaric, who plays the paralyzed fashion editor in Bell, look like locks on actress and actor, while Persepolis leads the field for first film.

Frances 33rd Cesar Awards take place February 22 in Paris, two days before the Oscar telecast.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE CESARS

FILM

The Secret of the Grain, dir. Abdellatif Kechiche, prod. Claude Berri
La Vie en rose, dir. Olivier Dahan, prod. Alain Goldman
Persepolis, dir. Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, prod. Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, dir. Julian Schnabel, prod. Jerome Seydoux
A Secret, dir. Claude Miller, prod. Yves Marmion

DIRECTOR

Olivier Dahan, La Vie en rose
Abdellatif Kechiche, The Secret of the Grain
Claude Miller, A Secret
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Andre Techine, The Witnesses

ACTOR

Mathieu Amalric, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Michel Blanc, The Witnesses
Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Conversations with My Gardener
Vincent Lindon, Those Who Remain
Jean-Pierre Marielle, Lets Dance!

ACTRESS

Isabelle Carre, Anna M.
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en rose
Cecile de France, A Secret
Marina Fois, Darling
Catherine Frot, Odette Toulemonde

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sami Bouajila, The Witnesses
Pascal Greggory, La Vie en rose
Michael Lonsdale, Heartbeat Detector
Fabrice Luchini, Moliere
Laurent Stocker, Hunting and Gathering

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Julie Depardieu, A Secret
Noemie Lvovsky, Actresses
Bulle Ogier, Lets Dance!
Ludivine Sagnier, A Secret
Sylvie Testud, La Vie en rose

MOST PROMISING YOUNG ACTOR

Nicolas Cazale, Le fils de lepicier
Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Love Songs
Johan Libereau, The Witnesses
Jocelyn Quivrin, 99 F
Laurent Stocker, Hunting and Gathering

MOST PROMISING YOUNG ACTRESS

Louise Blachere, Naissance des pieuvres
Audrey Dana, Roman de gare
Adele Haenel, Naissance des pieuvres
Hafsia Herzi, The Secret of the Grain
Clotilde Hesme, Love Songs

FIRST FILM

Those Who Remain, Anne le Ny
Et toi tes sur qui, Lola Doillon
Naissance des pieuvres, Celine Sciamma
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Tout est pardonne, Mia Hansen-Love

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Olivier Dahan, La Vie en rose
Julie Delpy, 2 days in Paris
Abdellatif Kechiche, The Secret of the Grain
Anne le Ny, Those Who Remain
Laurent Tirard, Gregoire Vigneron, Moliere

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Claude Berri, Hunting and Gathering
Christine Carriere, Darling
Ronald Harwood, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Claude Miller, Nathalie Carter, A Secret
Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, Persepolis

SONG

Antoine Deflandre, Germain Boulay, Eric Tisserand, Intimate Enemies
Guillaume Le Braz, Valerie Deloof, Agnes Ravez, Thierry Delor, Love Songs
Thierry Lebon, Eric Chevallier, Samy Bardet, Persepolis
Jean-Paul Mugel, Francis Wargnier, Dominique Gaborieau, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Laurent Zeilig, Pascal Villard, Jean-Paul Hurier, La Vie en rose

SCORE

Alex Beaupain, Love Songs
Olivier Bernet, Persepolis
Alexandre Desplat, Intimate Enemies
Zbigniew Preisner, A Secret
Archie Shepp, Lets Dance!

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Yves Angelo, Le deuxieme souffle
Gerard de Battista, A Secret
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci, Intimate Enemies
Janusz Kaminski, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Tetsuo Nagata, La Vie en rose

SET DESIGNER

Francoise Dupertuis, Moliere
Thierry Flamand, Le deuxieme souffle
Jean-Pierre Kohut Svelko, A Secret
Christian Marti, Jacquou le croquant
Olivier Raoux, La Vie en rose

COSTUMES

Marit Allen, La Vie en rose
Jacqueline Bouchard, A Secret
Corinne Jorry, Le deuxieme souffle
Pierre-Jean Larroque, Moliere
Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz, Jacquou le croquant

EDITOR

Ghalya Lacroix, Camille Toubkis, The Secret of the Grain
Veronique Lange, A Secret
Richard Marizy, Yves Beloniak, La Vie en rose
Stephane Roche, Persepolis
Juliette Welfling, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

SHORT

Deweneti
Le Mozart des pickpockets
Premier voyage
La promenade
Rachel

FOREIGN FILM

4 mois, 3 semaines et 2 jours
The Edge of Heaven
We Own the Night
Eastern Promises
The Lives of Others

DOCUMENTARY

Animals in Love, Laurent Charbonnier
Lavocat de la terreur, Barbet Schroeder
Les Lip, limagination au pouvoir, Christian Rouaud
Le premier cri, Gilles de Maistre
Retour en Normandie, Nicolas Philibert

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