Abderrahmane Sissako was the undisputed winner of the 40th Césars awards ceremony Friday night with his highly praised Timbuktu taking home seven awards including best film and best director. Earlier this month, Timbuktu was awarded the coveted Prix Lumiere at a ceremony in Paris. On Friday Timbuktu also picked up the award for best original screenplay, best score, best sound, best cinematography and best editing. Sissako’s film is in the running for an Oscar for best foreign film at the prestigious awards ceremony broadcast from LA on Sunday night.
Elsewhere Pierre Niney won best actor for his role as French couturier Yves Saint Laurent in the film of the same name directed by Jalil Lespert. Best actress went to Adèle Haenel for Les Combattants. The film directed by Thomas Cailley also won best first film and a best male newcomer award for Kevin Azaïs. The best female newcomer award went to Louane Emera for La Famille Bellier
American actress Kristen Stewart, best-known for her role in the hugely successful Twilight films, took home the the best supporting actress award for Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria starring opposite Juliet Binoche. This was the first time an American actor has won a César. And Reda Kateb was awarded the best supporting actor prize for Thomas Lilti’s Hippocrate.
In an interesting move, Anaïs Romand won the prize for best costume for Saint Laurent directed by Bertrand Bonello. Bonello’s film was the second biopic of the French designer released last year and unlike Lespert, he was not given access
to the YSL fashion archives.
Finally American actor Sean Penn accompanied by Charlize Theron was given an Honorary César presented by Marion Cotillard.