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Oscar Nominee ‘Timbuktu’ Wins 7 Césars

Oscar Nominee 'Timbuktu' Wins 7 Césars

Mauritanian entry “Timbuktu”‘s glorious performance at the Césars is unlikely to foreshadow an Oscar win Sunday against competitors “Ida,” “Leviathan,” “Tangerines” and “Wild Tales.” But it explains why director Sissako, who is based in Paris, did not attend Academy producer’s branch governor Mark Johnson’s foreign film party at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Friday. The film also took home Césars for screenplay, sound, editing, cinematography and score. 
Sissako, an elegant filmmaker who was educated in Moscow and has lived in Paris for decades, went home to film this simple, intimate and immediate story set in Timbuktu, which was overrun by Libyan jihadists for a time. The film was inspired by the 2012 death by stoning of a couple by Islamists in Mali, and hit the zeitgeist in France following January’s devastating terrorist attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
North America did well at this year’s French awards, as Canadian Xavier Dolan won best foreign film for “Mommy,”  Sean Penn won an honorary César, and Kristen Stewart won best supporting actress (the first for an American), for “Sils Maria.” And Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Salt of the Earth,” which is competing at the Oscars for Best Documentary race, won Best documentary. 
César Winners:
BEST FILM
Timbuktu
BEST DIRECTOR
Abderrahmane Sissako – Timbuktu
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Mommy – Xavier Dolan
BEST ACTRESS
Adèle Haenel – Love At First Fight
BEST ACTOR
Pierre Niney – Yves Saint Laurent
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kristen Stewart – Sils Maria
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Reda Kateb – Hippocrates
BEST FEMALE NEWCOMER
Louane Emera – La Famille Bélier
BEST MALE NEWCOMER
Kevin Azaïs – Love At First Fight
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Abderrahmane Sissako – Timbuktu
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Cyril Gely, Volker Schlondorff – Diplomatie
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Minuscule – The Valley Of Lost Ants – Hélėne Giraud, Thomas Szabo
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Les Petits Cailloux
BEST FIRST FILM
Love At First Fight
BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Salt Of The Earth – Juliano Riberio, Wim Wenders
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Amine Bouhafa – Timbuktu
BEST SHORT FILM
La Femme De Rio – Emma Luchini, Nicolas Rey
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sofian El Fani – Timbuktu
BEST EDITING
Nadia Ben Rachid – Timbuktu
BEST SOUND
Timbuktu
BEST COSTUMES
Anais Romand – Saint Laurent
BEST ART DIRECTION
Thierry Flamand – Beauty And The Beast
HONORARY CÉSAR
Sean Penn

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