The 39th  annual César Awards are underway in Paris, and the city is buzzing with news surrounding the star-studded event. The esteemed evening will be held on Friday, February 28th at the Théâtre du Châtelet, and following the ceremonies is the “gala dîner” open for all on the VIP guest-list at Fouquet’s Restaurant on Champs-Élysées. The much anticipated after-parties go on well into the late hours of the night, and branch off throughout the city.

The awards have been held each year since 1976 in the “City of Lights”. Les César are essentially the French equivalent of America’s Oscars, and the “statuettes” are considered by many to be the most prestigious award that a French film can receive.

© Q. Dufour – ENS Louis Lumière
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The complete list of this year’s nominees can be viewed online. L’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma website also includes awesome image galleries to navigate including everything surrounding last year’s ceremonies. Last May, at the 66th Festival de Cannes, Blue is the Warmest Color took home the the Palme d’Or award, and has since earned international praise in other countries and France alike. The film, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, starring Léa Seydoux and “Most Promising Actress” (meilleur espoir féminin)-nominee Adèle Exarchopoulos, is in the run at second place for the most nominations for a film, garnering entry into 8 of the 21 categories (after Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table! having received the most, with 10 nominations). Seydoux herself earned his first César nomination in 2009 in the same category as Exarchopoulos for here role in La belle personne. The “Best Foreign Film” category has its share of cinematic gems recognized and nominated by the few-thousand professional voters, including Quentin Tarantino’s latest epic revenge-saga Django Unchained.

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Set in Paris will be intently following the César Awards season, providing updates on what is in the air in the city, and covering the results of the ceremony. The César Awards will be broadcasted live for the public on Canal+.


L’Acade?mie des Arts et Techniques du Cine?ma has announced that American actress, and recent Parisienne, Scarlett Johansson will receive the prestigious Ce?sar d’Honneur award at the 39th Ceremony. You can read the full article (and practice your French!) on the Césars website.

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