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Amour wins big at French Cesars


Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Haneke’s Amour drew a lot of love from the French Oscars on Friday night (February 22, 2013) taking several of the top Cesar awards.

The Palme d’Or winner, which is also vying for several Oscars, took best film, best actor (for Jean-Louis Trintignant), actress (for Emmanuelle Riva) and director (Haneke) at the 38th ceremony in Paris.

Riva, who is the oldest woman ever to have received an Oscar nomination in the best actress gategory, drew a standing ovation from the crowd while accepting the first Cesar of her career.

She now makes her way to Los Angeles to join her director, who missed out on the French ceremony in order to be in America.

In other main prizes, Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone took two prizes: best adapted screenplay for Audiard and Thomas Bidegain, as well as most promising male newcomer for co-lead Matthias Schoenaerts.

Valerie Benguigui took best supporting actress for Le Prenomm (What’s In A Name), her co-star Guillaume de Tonquedec took best supporting actor, and Izia Higelin was named most promising female newcomer for her breakthrough performance in Mauvaise Fille.

International prizes went to Ben Affleck’s Argo, which was crowned best foreign film.

And Kevin Costner was presented with a lifetime achievement award, joking that he “probably sounded like a child” with his basic French.

“Merci, Bonsoir,” he said. “There’s no hiding I’m an American. Thank you for seeing me for who I am.”

He added: “Films at their very best become moments in our own lives.”

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