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The Césars

With all the hullabaloo over the Oscars and its many and varied (seasonal) predecessors, I’ve been wondering about the French Césars, and if they carry the same weight domestically.

A relative newcomer awards ceremony, appearing on the scene just prior to the Oscars’ 50th, the Césars seem more a merit-oriented ceremony (imagine that!) that not only honors the best work of peers from the prior year, but also encourages new talents and nourrishes the industry.

Some interesting factoids:   François Truffaut’s The Last Métro, 1980, swept the 6th year of the ceremony, then the following year Diva nabbed the most, competiting as a first film.  By that time, actress Nathalie Baye had already won two Césars.

This year, it’s a kind of catchup, the way foreign distributions occur, with Avatar pitted against Slumdog, Milk, Gran Torino, and Michael Handke’s White Ribbon.  And into this heavyweight pack J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) is also competing, a tour-de-force from writer/director/star, 20-year old about a young gay man’s relationship with his mother.

I had been advised that press reports could or would appear by now (and haven’t), more conclusive proof that it’s simply an awards ceremony – how radical!

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