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Polanski’s “Pianist” Tops French Cesar Awards

Polanski's "Pianist" Tops French Cesar Awards

Polanski’s “Pianist” Tops French Cesar Awards

by Eugene Hernandez

Adrien Brody, star of “The Pianist,” won the best actor award at the Cesars, while the film won the prize for best film.
Courtesy of Focus Features

“The Pianist,” the acclaimed film from Roman Polanski, was the big winner on Saturday night at the presentation of the annual Cesar awards in Paris, France. The film won six awards at the Cesars, including prizes for best film, best director for Polanski, best actor for Adrien Brody and honors for music (Wojciech Kilar), cinematogrephy (Pawel Edelman), and production design (Allan Starski). “The Pianist” debuted in Cannes last year where it won the Palme de Or, the festival’s top award.

“Se Souvenir des Belles Choses” (Beautiful Memories) won three prizes on Saturday night. Zabou Breitman won the prize for best first film and it also nabbed acting awards. The prize for best actress went to Isabelle Carre, while Bernard Le Coq won the best supporting actress award. As mentioned, the best actor award went to Adrien Brody, while the best supporting actress prize was presented to Karin Viard for “Embrassez Qui Vous Voudrez” (See How They Run).

Newcomer prizes went to Jean-Paul Rouve for “Monsieur Batignole” and Cecile de France for “L’auberge Espagnole”.

Saturday evenings event was dedicated to Daniel Toscan du Plantier, the head of the Cesar organization and Unifrance, who died earlier this month while attending the Berlin International Film Festival.


Best Film

The Pianist (“Roman Polanski”)

Best Director

Roman Polanski (“The Pianist”)

Best Actress

Isabelle Carre, “Se Souvenir des Belles Choses” (Beautiful Memories)

Best Supporting Actress

Karin Viard, “Embrassez Qui Vous Voudrez, (See How They Run)

Best Actor

Adrien Brody (“The Pianist”)

Best Supporting Actor

Bernard Le Coq (“Se Souvenir des Belles Choses”)

Male Newcomer

Jean-Paul Rouve (“Monsieur Batignole”)

Female newcomer

Cecile de France, “L’auberge Espagnole” (Europudding)

Best First Film

“Se Souvenir Des Belles Choses” (Zabou Breitman)

Best European Union Film

“Talk to Her” (Pedro Almodovar)

Best Sound

Jean-Marie Blondel, Gerard Hardy, Dean Humphreys (“The Pianist”)

Original Screenplay

Constantin Costa-Gavras and Jean-Claude Grumberg (“Amen”)


Wojciech Kilar (“The Pianist”)


Pawel Edelman (“The Pianist”)


Philippe Guillotel, Tanino Liberatore, Florence Sadaune (“Asterix et Obelix: Mission Cleopatra”)

Best Foreign Film

“Bowling for Columbine” (Michael Moore)

Production Design

Allan Starski (“The Pianist”)


Nicolas Philibert, “Etre et Avoir” (To Be and To Have)

Short Film

“Peau de Vache” by Gerald Hustache-Mathieu

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