At the 36th annual Cesar Awards Friday, France’s official Oscar entry “Of Gods and Men” won three awards — Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Michael Lonsdale) and Best Cinematography. Surprisingly, “Of Gods and Men” did not even make Oscars’ shortlist for Foreign Lanugage Film.
An English language film, “The Ghost Writer,” won four Cesars: Best Director for Paris resident Roman Polanski, Best Adapted Screenplay (Polanski and Robert Harris), Best Score (Alexandre Desplat) and Best Editing (Hervé de Luz).
“Gainsbourg” took three awards — Best Actor (Eric Elmosnino), Best Sound and Best First Film — while “Le Nom Des Gens” won two: Best Actress (Sara Forestier) and Best Original Screenplay (Baya Kasmi, Michel Leclerc).
Last year’s Oscar-winning Animated Short “Logorama” won the catch-all category at the Cesars while current Oscar contender “The Illusionist” won Best Animated Film.