Cesars 2006: The Beat My Heart Skipped crushes competition
by Fabien Lemercier
26/02/2006 - The favourites won as expected at the 2006 Cesars, French cinema’s annual awards, held Saturday evening in Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet. The raid on the trophy cabinet by Jacques Audiard’s The Beat My Heart Skipped [trailer] brought eight awards (Best Film, Director, Supporting Actor, Female Newcomer, Adaptation, Cinematography, Editing and Music), pushing the rest into the shadows.
The event turned out to be a landslide for a filmmaker who is as loved by his peers as he is by the public (The Beat My Heart Skipped has had 1m admissions in France). 53 years old and the director of four features, Audiard has had an inexorable rise to the top, along the way picking up three Cesars in 1995, including Best First Film, for See How They Fall, six nominations in 1997 for A Self-Made Hero (also winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes in 1996) and three Cesars out of nine nominations in 2002 for Read My Lips [trailer]. Picking up eight of the 10 Cesars for which it was nominated, The Beat My Heart Skipped (produced by Why Not Productions with the support of France 3 Cinema and sold internationally by Celluloid Dreams) has added to a fine collection of prizes, which includes the BAFTA for Best Film Not In The English Language.
The 2006 edition of the Cesar Awards was also marked by the triumph of experienced actors with, no surprise, the Best Actress award going to Nathalie Baye for Le petit Lieutenant [trailer]. Baye won her second statuette for Best Actress 23 years after winning for La balance.
The Cesar for Best First Film went to Hubert Sauper for his documentary Darwin’s Nightmare.
Also of note is the rise of Belgian actress Cécile de France, who received a Cesar for her supporting role in The Russian Dolls [trailer]; and the two technical awards (Best Art Direction and Costume Design) for Patrice Chéreau’s Gabrielle [trailer].
The 2006 winners:
The Beat My Heart Skipped - Jacques Audiard
Michel Bouquet - The Last Mitterrand
Nathalie Baye - Le petit Lieutenant
Best Supporting Actor
Niels Arestrup - The Beat My Heart Skipped
Best Supporting Actress
Cécile de France - The Russian Dolls
Jacques Audiard - The Beat My Heart Skipped
Best First Film
Darwin’s Nightmare - Hubert Sauper
Best Foreign Film
Million Dollar Baby - Clint Eastwood
Best Female Newcomer
Lin-Dan Pham - The Beat My Heart Skipped
Best Male Newcomer
Louis Garrel - Regular Lovers
Best Original Screenplay
Radu Mihaileanu and Alain-Michel Blanc - Live and Become
Jacques Audiard and Tonino Benacquista - The Beat My Heart Skipped
Alexandre Desplat - The Beat My Heart Skipped
Best Art Direction
Olivier Radot - Gabrielle
Stéphane Fontaine - The Beat My Heart Skipped
Laurent Quaglio and Gérad Lamps - March of the Penguins
Juliette Welfling - The Beat My Heart Skipped
Best Costume Design
Caroline de Vivaise - Gabrielle
Best Short Film
After shave - Hany Tamba
(Translated from French)