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DAILY NEWS: French Cesar Winners; WGA Awards and “Telling Nicholas”

DAILY NEWS: French Cesar Winners; WGA Awards and "Telling Nicholas"

DAILY NEWS: French Cesar Winners; WGA Awards and "Telling Nicholas"

with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

>> “Amelie” and “Read My Lips” Top Cesar Awards

(indieWIRE: 03.04.02) — French films were in the spotlight over the weekend at the annual Cesar Awards, the country’s prizes for the best movies of the year.

Jean Pierre-Jeunet‘s “Amelie,” a runaway success at the box-office in
France, nabbed four Cesar prizes. It was honored with the award for best
film, best director (for Jenuet), best art direction (for Aline Bonetto)
and best music (for Yann Tiersen).

Read My Lips,” directed by Jacques Audiard, won a number of top Cesars
as well. It won the prize for best actress (for Emmanuelle Devos), best
screenplay (for Jacaues Audiard and Tonino Benacquista) and best sound
(for Marc-Antoine Beldent, Pascal Villard and Cyril Holtz).

Other Cesar Awards went to Michel Bouquet (“The Way I Killed My Father“) for best actor, Annie Girardot (“The Piano Teacher“) for best supporting actress, and Andre Dussollier (“The Officers’ Ward“) for best supporting actor.

The Cesar for best male newcomer went to Robinson Stevenin for “Mauvis
” and the best female newcomer prize went to Rachida Brakni for
Chaos.” The short film Cesar was awarded to Florence Miaihe‘s “The
First Sunday in August
.” [Eugene Hernandez]

>> Fellowes and Goldsman Win WGA Film Prizes

(indieWIRE: 03.04.02) — The Writers Guild of America named the winners of
its 54th annual Writers Guild of America awards. The prizes were presented
Saturday night at ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Julian Fellowes won the top prize for Best Screenplay Written Directly for
the Screen for “Gosford Park,” while Akiva Goldsman won the award for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Published or Produced for “A
Beautiful Mind
” (based on the book by Sylvia Nassar). [Eugene

>> HBO Acquires 9/11 Doc “Telling Nicholas”

(indieWIRE/ 03.04.02) — Continuing its support of documentary projects,
HBO has acquired James Ronald Whitney‘s feature-length doc, “Telling
” the premium channel recently announced. The film, which will
be broadcast as part of HBO’s new season of “American Undercover Sundays
is described as “an incredible microscopic look at the effect and
devastation of the Twin Towers tragedy on one American family.”
HBO Executive Vice President of Original Programming Sheila
said in a prepared statement, “The film reveals, in intimate detail,
the suffering of one family and one can only imagine the reverberation
and effect on the thousands of American families effected by September 11.”

“Telling Nicholas” is the story of a father who must deal with telling
his son about his mother’s death in the World Trade Center tragedy.
“HBO’s Sheila Nevins and Lisa Heller have been extremely supportive of
this film,” commented Whitney in a prepared statement. “With the
tremendous popularity of HBO, I’m certain that the story of Nicholas and
his mother will forever remind people of the devastation caused by the
terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.”

HBO acquired Whitney’s 2001 Sundance premeire, “Just Melvin” last year.
John Sloss brokered the U.S. broadcasting rights for “Nicholas.”
[Brian Brooks]

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