The 39th César Awards, the French national film awards, were announced Jan 31 in Paris.
The popular comedy "Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!" ("Me, Myself and Mum", France 2013) leads with nominations in 10 categories for best picture, director, debut feature, actor and adapted screenplay. Director Guillaume Gallienne, who hails from the French state theater Comédie Française, has the leading role, playing himself as the daughter his mother never had - and his mother - in this successful coming-of-age tale.
"Blue Is The Warmest Color" , this year's Cannes Palm d’Or winner, received eight nominations including best film, director, actress (Léa Seydoux) and female newcomer (Adèle Exarchopoulos).
"Stranger By The Lake" also received eight César nods including best director in this powerful gay themed thriller directed by Alain Guiraudie, who was named best director in the “Un Certain Regard” section and won the Queer Palm at Cannes in May.
Also contending for best film in France are Albert Dupontel’s "9 Mois Ferme", Arnaud Desplechin’s "Jimmy P" starring Benicio Del Toro, Asghar Farhadi’s "The Past", and Roman Polanski‘s "Venus In Fur", which Sundance recently acquired. The last three films all debuted at Cannes and Farhadi and Polanski's film were nominated for the Palm d'Or. Bérénice Bejo won the best actress award for her role in "The Past".
France’s best foreign film nominations go to "The Broken Circle Breakdown", "Blancanieves", "Blue Jasmine", "Dead Man Talking"and "Django Unchained" (both films released in 2013 in France),"The Great Beauty" and "Gravity".
Actress Julie Gayet should be nominated for something that has to do with her work, other than sharing the spotlight with President François Hollande, and receives her first César nomination for best supporting actress in Bernard Tavernier's "Quai d'Orsay".
The César Awards Ceremony (39ème Cérémonie des César) will be held Feb 28 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
The official César 2014 poster features Isabelle Isabelle, best actress 1995 in "La Reine Margot", directed by Patrice Chéreau (1944-2013).