By Indiewire | Indiewire February 27, 2006 at 11:17AM
"The Beat My Heart Skipped," a drama about a young man choosing between delinquency and music, scooped France's movie awards night in a ceremony that yielded few clues to the fortunes of contenders in next week's much bigger Oscars. The French movie, which also scored a directing prize for Jacques Audiard, brushed aside some heavyweight competition to triumph at the 31st Cesars held in a plush theatre in central Paris filled with national celebrities. The Best Actor and Best Actress Cesars went to Michel Bouquet for his turn as the late president Francois Mitterrand in "Le Promeneur du Champs de Mars," and Nathalie Baye as a recovering alcoholic detective in "Le Petit Lieutenant." Agence France Presse reports.