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Roman Polanski wins best director at French Oscars, the Cesars

Roman Polanski has won best director at France’s Cesar awards, prompting numerous walkouts such as nominee Adele Haenel, star of “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.”

“Les Miserables” won best picture as well as the people’s choice prize, best male newcomer (for Alexis Manenti) and best editing.

Neither Polanski nor the cast and crew of “An Officer And A Spy” was on hand at the awards ceremony hosted at the Salle Pleyel in Paris on Friday. Polanski said on Thursday that he would skip the celebration to avoid being “lynched,” but that didn’t prevent a protest by more than 100 people that was staged in front the venue by the advocacy group Osez le Feminisme.

Since bowing at Cannes Film Festival where it won the jury prize, “Les Miserables” went on to win a Goya Award, and was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The film is inspired by the 2005 French riots and follows three cops who find themselves overrun during the course of an arrest in a project.

Nicolas Bedos’ “La Belle Epoque” won best original screenplay, supporting actress (for Fanny Ardant) and set design, while Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait Of A Lady On Fire,” the 18th-century-set romance, only best cinematography out of 10 nominations. The film had won best screenplay at Cannes. Haenel, the star of “Portrait Of A Lady On Fire” and one of France’s top actors, seemed like a shoe-in for the best actress nod but the award went to Anais Desmoustier for “Alice And The Mayor.” The snub for Haenel raised eyebrow in the newsroom considering that the actor has been at the forefront of France’s #MeToo movement after alleging harassment by French director Christophe Ruggia from the age of 12.  Read More

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