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Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ Dominates César Awards; ‘Argo’ Wins Best Foreign Film

Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Dominates César Awards; 'Argo' Wins Best Foreign Film

If you had told us a year ago that a Michael Haneke-directed film about the death of an elderly woman would become a contender for Best Picture, Best Foreign Lanuage Film, Best Actress and Best Director at the Oscars, we would’ve said you were crazy. But the provocateur’s difficult, but touching and human film has managed to resonate far and wide, and while France’s César Awards have pretty much zero bearing on the Oscars, it’s interesting to see that Haneke’s work has been just as recognized.

Amour” won big last night, taking prizes for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. Damn. It’s a remarkable showing for the movie, and another feather in its cap after it won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last spring. But it wasn’t the only multiple award winner last night, as Jacques Audiard‘s “Rust And Bone” also made a strong showing, winning Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Newcomer for Matthias Schoenaerts and Original Score for Alexandre Desplat‘s work on the movie. And it’s hard to argue with either of those films getting some awards love.

And while some corners are whining about Ben Affleck‘s “Argo” being a frontrunner for some hardware tomorrow night, the French had no qualms giving the movie Best Foreign Film. Check out the full list of winners below, and tune into the Oscars tomorrow night to see if “Amour” can take some surprise Oscar wins. [Deadline

Best Picture

Michael Haneke, Amour

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour

Supporting Actress
Valérie Benguigui, What’s In A Name

Supporting Actor
Guillaume de Tonquedec, What’s In A Name

Original Screenplay
Michael Haneke, Amour

Adapted Screenplay
Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Rust & Bone

Newcomer (Female)
Izia Higelin, Mauvaise Fille

Newcomer (Male)
Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust & Bone

Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, Rust & Bone

Antoine Deflandre, Germaine Boulay, Eric Tisserand, Cloclo

Romain Winding, Farewell, My Queen

Juliette Welfling, Rust & Bone

Christian Gasc, Farewell, My Queen

Art Direction
Katia Wyszkop, Farewell, My Queen

First Film
Louise Wimmer, Cyril Mennegun

Foreign Film

Animated Film
Ernest Et Célestine, Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier

Les Invisibles, Sébastien Lifshitz

Short Film
Le Cri Du Homard, Nicolas Guiot

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