0557 GMT October 28, 2021
‘Bye Bye Morons’ won seven Césars, including best film and best director. Dupontel also won best original screenplay. The film also picked up the best supporting actor for Nicolas Marié, best production design for Carlos Conti, and best cinematography for Alexis Kavyrchine. ‘Bye Bye Morons’ also won the César des lycéens, a people’s choice award, voted on by French high school students. The film follows a seriously ill woman who tries to find her long-lost child with the help of a blind archivist and man in the middle of a burnout, The Hollywood Reporter wrote.
French-Tunisian star, Sami Bouajil, won best actor for his performance in Mehdi Barsaoui’s ‘A Son,’ as a man whose son has been gunned down by terrorists.
France’s Oscar contender, ‘Two of Us,’ which made it onto the Academy Award shortlist for best international feature film this year, picked up the César for best first film from debut director Filippo Meneghetti.
Thomas Vinterberg’s Danish dramedy, ‘Another Round,’ a favorite for the best international feature Oscar this year, won the César for best foreign film.
The 46th César Awards, France’s top film honor, kicked off Friday night with French actress Marina Fois (‘Polisse’) and actor Roschdy Zem (‘The Cold Light of Day’), hosting the event before a small, masked audience in Paris.
The first award of the night, for best female newcomer, went to Fathia Youssouf for her debut performance in Maïmouna Doucouré’s ‘Cuties,’ the Netflix film which became a cause célèbre after it was targeted by online trolls. The 14-year-old Youssouf received her trophy from French cinema legend Isabelle Huppert.
‘Les Misérables,’ Ladj Ly’s look at life in the Parisian banlieues, won the César for best film at last year’s event, beating out all comers, including Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’. But the French Film Academy ignored a street full of protesters and a furious army of online critics to give Polanski its top directing honor that year.
A scandal of another sort, concerning the award’s operating model and corporate leadership, led to an industry-wide revolt last year that resulted in the resignation of long-time César Academy president Alain Terzian, along with the rest of the 21-member board of governors.
This year’s ceremony is the first Césars since the overhaul. One of the new management’s greatest accomplishments has been to achieve gender parity within the administration board of the Association for the Promotion of Cinema (APC), the organization that oversees the Cesar Academy.