Silent movie sensation "The Artist" has been garnering a slew of awards and is considered to be the front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar, for which it was nominated earlier this week. As you might expect, it is also a big contender for the French equivalent, The César Awards.
Deadline reports that Michel Hazanavicius' tribute to the early days of cinema in the 1920s received 10 César nominations including Best Film, Director, Actress, Actor, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography, Editing, Costumes and Art Direction.
However, it does not lead the pack in its home country, where the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize-winner "Poliss" leads with 13 nominations in all the major categories. The drama, which has drawn comparison's to "The Wire" but has yet to see release in the States, is written/directed by French actress-turned-filmmaker Maïwenn, best known as the ex-wife of Luc Besson and the freaky blue opera singer in his "The Fifth Element." Does this make Maïwenn the Ben Affleck of France?
Another native French production scoring big is "Untouchable," a touching (right?) story of a rich white quadriplegic dude who gets a hip young black caretaker from da hood to teach him to loosen up. There's supposedly a scene where they dance to "Boogie Wonderland," and the Weinstein's have already snatched up the remake rights, so expect to see Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker in this thing like 7 months from now.
The 37th César Awards ceremony will take place on February 24th in Paris, where Roman Polanski will present his "Carnage" star Kate Winslet with an honorary César Award.
Check out Deadline for the full list of nominees.