Gallienne wins big at French cinema Oscars

Guillaume_Gallienne_Cannes_2009Guillaume Gallienne’s Les Garcons et Guillaume à Table (Me, Myself and Mum) was the big winner at the Cesar award ceremony in Paris on Friday night.  The film picked up awards for Best Picture, Best First Feature, Best Actor for Gallienne himself,  Best adapted screenplay and Best editing. Earlier this year, the film won the Best Film prize at the Prix Lumière ceremony – the French equivalent of the Golden Globes.

Comedie Française-trained actor Gallienne, adapted his own stage play for the film and plays the role of both Guillaume and his mother.

Elsewhere, Roman Polanski won the Best Director prize for Venus in Fur in one of the biggest surprises of the evening.  Sandrine Kiberlaine beat off strong competition from Lea Seydoux and Catherine Deneuve to take home the Best Actress prize for 9 Mois Ferme.  Seydoux’s co-star in the award-winning Blue is the Warmest Colour, Adele Exarchopoulos won the Best Newcomer award.

American actress Scarlet Johansson received a standing ovation as she went to collect her honorary award from US director Quentin Tarantino.

Julie_Gayet_2009Meanwhile, actress Julie Gayet made a surprise appearance at the ceremony. Nominated for the Best Supporting actress award for her role in Bertrand Tavernier’s Quai d’Orsay, it was the first time the actress has been seen in public since rumours emerged of an alleged affair with President François Hollande.

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