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The Cesars Go to Riva, Trintignant, Haneke, ‘Amour,’ and Foreign Film ‘Argo’ UPDATED

The Cesars Go to Riva, Trintignant, Haneke, 'Amour,' and Foreign Film 'Argo' UPDATED

A radiant red-robed Emmanuelle Riva accepted the Cesar for best actress Friday night at Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet for Michael Haneke’s “Amour,” which won five awards including best picture, director, original screenplay and best actor for Jean-Louis Trintignant. Haneke was in Los Angeles for Saturday’s Indie Spirits and Sunday’s Oscars, while Trintignant was in Brussels in a play, he told the audience via his son Vincent’s cell phone: “Je suis tres content, merci beaucoup,” he said. Kevin Costner accepted a Life Achievement Award–and seemed to fall asleep during Riva’s long speech.

My rough translation of some of it: “I had many chances to succeed in my life,” she said. “I want to thank everyone.” She described her job as “the eternal invitation of my life,” and said she felt solidarity with all the people she’s worked with, like the way she loved singing in her school chorus. As she tried to lift her Cesar, she asked for help carrying it off the stage: “It weighs more than me!” Sophie Gluck will now accompany Riva to Los Angeles to the Oscars, where she could beat out frontrunner Jennifer Lawrence of “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Other winners at the Cesars include “Farewell My Queen” (three tech awards) and Cannes entries “Rust and Bone” (four awards including adapted screenplay, score, editing and newcomer Matthias Schoenaerts) and doc “Les Invisibles.” Noémie Lvovsky’s “Camille Redouble,” the most-nominated film, took home nothing.

And the winner of best foreign film: “Argo.”

Winners below:

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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