A remarkably prolific French actor, Michel Bouquet has been a regular presence on screens both big and small since the late 1940s, working with many of his country's finest filmmakers, including Fran&...
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).
Actress Isabelle Adjani and six other French movie industry luminaries have stunned the nation's film buffs by choosing a Renoir biopic over a Cannes Film Festival favourite as next year's (14) Oscar contender for Best Foreign Language Film. Gilles Bourdos' Renoir was picked over The Past, which took home an acting prize at Cannes - and Thierry Fremaux, the head of the film festival, was a member of the seven-member committee that made the selection.
The Past was considered a front-runner for France's Academy Awards entry after past Oscar-nominee Berenice Bejo claimed the Best Actress prize at Cannes.
Renoir features Michel Bouquet and Christa Theret as the celebrated painter and his final muse.
Due to the film release rules, Cannes' big winner Blue Is the Warmest Color is ineligible for Oscars consideration - it wasn't released in France before the Academy's 30 September (13) domestic release cut-off date.
A remarkably prolific French actor, Michel Bouquet has been a regular presence on screens both big and small since the late 1940s, working with many of his country's finest filmmakers, including François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol. A native Parisian trained in stage acting, Bouquet started winning small film parts in his 20s, notably appearing in a minor role in the lauded historical drama "Monsieur Vincent" (1947). By the late 1960s, the casually charming Gallic actor had graduated to bigger parts, with a significant role in Truffaut's haunting drama "The Bride Wore Black" (1968), starring Jeanne Moreau. The following year, Bouquet portrayed the jealous husband of Stéphane Audran's character in Chabrol's tense thriller "The Unfaithful Wife" (1969), later reuniting with the actress and the director for "Just Before Nightfall" (1971), another well-received crime drama. Other standout roles for the versatile Bouquet include his turn as a callous industrialist in the scathing comedy "Le Jouet" (1976) and, much later, his performance as the Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the lush historical drama "Renoir" (2012), a part that reaffirmed his cherished status in French cinema.