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Kristen Stewart makes history at France's Cesar Awards

Clouds of Sils Maria

Story by Jack Foley

KRISTEN Stewart has made history by becoming the first American actress to win a Cesar award, the French equivalent of the Oscars.

The former Twilight star was named best supporting actress for her role in film drama Clouds of Sils Maria, alongside Juliette Binoche.

The film, directed by Olivier Assayas, follows Binoche’s veteran actress as she comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.

Upon receiving the prize, Stewart shouted out “I love you Juliette” in French to her co-star, and she later told US trade publication Variety: “The reasons why people make films here in France are very different from the reasons why people make movies in Hollywood and I prefer it here a little bit.”

Another American star picked up a further award at the Paris ceremony. Sean Penn was recognised with a lifetime achievement award.

The big winner on the night, however, was >Timbuktu, which otherwise dominated with seven awards, including best film and director for Abderrahmane Sissako.

The film depicts life in northern Mali under the control of Islamist militants. It is also competing for best foreign film at Sunday’s Oscars.

Upon accepting his prize, Sissako described France as a “magnificent country” for the way it had responded to the deadly Islamist attacks in Paris last month, saying: “There is no clash of civilisations. There is a meeting of civilisations.”

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