Controversial drama Blue Is The Warmest Color looks set to dominate France's upcoming Cesar awards after securing eight nominations. The movie, about a lesbian couple, is up for a raft of top prizes including Best Film, Best Director for Abdellatif Kechiche, and Best Actress for Lea Seydoux.
The movie will vie for Best Film with Me, Myself and Mum, 9 Month Stretch, Stranger by the Lake, Jimmy P., The Past, and Venus in Fur.
Seydoux is facing competition for Best Actress from screen icon Catherine Deneuve for her turn in She Goes, Fanny Ardant (Les Beaux Jours), Berenice Bejo (The Past), Sara Forestier (Suzanne), Sandrine Kiberlain (9 Month Stretch), and Emmanuelle Seigner (Venus in Fur).
The Best Actor fight will be between Bond baddie Mads Mikkelsen, who receives a nod for his role in Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas, Mathieu Amalric (Venus in Fur), Michel Bouquet (Renoir), Albert Dupontel (9 Month Stretch), Gregory Gadebois (Mon Ame Par Toi Guerie), Guillaume Gallienne (Me Myself & Mum), and Fabrice Luchini (Alceste a Bicyclette).
Meanwhile, in the Foreign Film category, Oscar-nominated Gravity and Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine are shortlisted, alongside Alabama Monroe, Blancanieves, Dead Man Talking, Django Unchained, and La Grande Bellezza.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Paris hosted by Francois Cluzet on 28 February (14).