Fortunately, there were comedians in the hall of the Olympia, in Paris, to deceive, “celebrate” the cinema and not look too gray after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Friday, February 25, the 47and Cesar ceremony took place in an atmosphere of restrained joy. Hard to do otherwise: “Tonight, we are thinking of the Ukrainians”, thus stated, at the opening, the master of ceremonies, Antoine de Caunes.
A great regular at the Césars, of which he presented ten editions, the host kept his sense of humor, moving a desk – and his microphone! – under the nose and beard of a laureate whose litany of thanks was a bit long. We could not miss another beard, silver bladed, that of the saxophonist Thomas de Pourquery, conductor of a small orchestra placed on the stage and also master of time, sending the music to signal that the clock is ticking and that we must shorten .
Likewise, the presence of the Australian-American actress Cate Blanchett, who was awarded an Honorary Cesar for her entire career by Isabelle Huppert, will have brought a bright note to this rather long evening (almost of four hours) and without great surprise. She too had a word for Ukraine: “It is difficult to think or talk about anything other than what is happening in Ukraine but, as Antoine said [de Caunes], we are here to celebrate cinema. »
Tribute to Gaspard Ulliel
Would the Caesars now be read in the “marc” of the operators? It has been a few years since the survey organized (before the ceremony) among hall owners by the professional journal Full screen appears as a good barometer or reflection of the votes of members of the Academy (numbering 4,363 in 2022). As of February 22, the results of this investigation were disclosed to the press, announcing Illusions lost, by Xavier Giannoli, as the great favorite of this edition – with no less than eight prizes, including those for best film, best male hope… Similarly, Aline, by Valérie Lemercier, was announced as another great success with the prize for best actress for the director herself, who plays the title role (Céline Dion, alias Aline Dieu).
In fact, the electric adaptation of Balzac’s novel received seven trophies: best film, best adaptation, best cinematography, best supporting role for a male actor (Vincent Lacoste, Xavier Dolan in the same film being also in the race!) , Benjamin Voisin in the role of Lucien de Rubempré receiving that of the best male hope. And Valérie Lemercier won the prize for best actress. What is this flair of the room owners due to? “I think exhibitors have become real moviegoers! », replied Richard Patry, the boss of the powerful National Federation of French Cinemas, crossed in the hall of the Olympia before the opening of the ceremony. And to add that at the level of the Academy, the operators represent only 10% of the voters.
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