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The César nominations

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- Ozon’s 8 Women sweeps the boards with 12 nominations, followed by The Pianist’s 10 plus a new Cèsar for Best European Film of the Year

The César nominations

Daniel Toscan du Plantier, the president of the French Academy of Film Arts and Sciences today announced the nominations for the 28th edition of the Césars, the French equivalent of the Oscars. A total of 20 statuettes will be presented in Paris on 22 February.
François Ozon’s 8 Women [+see also:
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was the outright leader with 12 nominations followed by Roman Polanski’s The Pianist [+see also:
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with 10, and Costa-Gavras’ Amen with 7. Cédric Klapisch’s L’auberge espagnole got 6 and Alain Chabat’s Astérix & Obélix : Mission Cléopatra 4.
This year will see the first Best European Film César presented by Jeanne Moreau and the EU’s Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, Viviane Reding. The five nominees are i>11'09"01 [+see also:
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, Gosford Park by Robert Altman, The Man Without A Past [+see also:
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by Aki Kaurismaki, Speak To Her [+see also:
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by Pedro Almodovar and Sweet Sixteen [+see also:
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by Ken Loach.
Two honorary Césars will be presented to French actress Bernadette Lafont and American film director Spike Lee.
The best French film of the year will go to one of the following titles :
8 Women by François Ozon, Amen by Costa-Gavras, Etre et avoir by Nicolas Philibert, L’auberge espagnole by Cédric Klapisch and The Pianist by Roman Polanski.
The nominees for best actor are Daniel Auteuil for L’adversaire, François Berléand for Mon idole, Adrien Brody for The Pianist, Bernard Campan for Se souvenir des belles choses and Mathieu Kassovitz for Amen.
Best actress of the year will see Fanny Ardant for 8 Women up against Ariane Ascaride for Marie-Jo and her two husbands, Juliette Binoche for Décalage horaire, Isabelle Carré for Se souvenir des belles choses and Isabelle Huppert for 8 Women.

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(Translated from French)

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