Controversial drama Blue Is The Warmest Colour failed to pick up any major Cesar awards at the French prizegiving on Friday (28Feb14). The movie, about a lesbian couple, was considered a favourite after being nominated in eight categories including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress, but it only picked up one gong for Best Newcomer for Adele Exarchopoulos.
The big winner of the night was for Me, Myself and Mum which picked up five awards including Best Film, Best Debut Feature, Best Actor for Guillaume Gallienne and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Best Actress was awarded to Sandrine Kiberlain for 9 Month Stretch and Roman Polanski was named Best Director for Venus In Fur.
Scarlett Johansson and her fiance Romain Douraic also attended the ceremony in Paris to pick up an Honorary Cesar award. The actress has lived in the capital since getting engaged to the French journalist. Director Quentin Tarantino presented her with the award, making her among the youngest ever recipients of the accolade.
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).