Césars… French Film Awards…

Emmanuelle Riva receiving the César for "Amour"... Photo by AFP/Patrick KOVARIK...

Césars…

The… national…

Film… awards…

Of… France…

The nominations being selected by the committee of the… “Académie des arts et technique du Cinéma”… held at the “Théâtre du Châtelet” in Paris…

Watching the 38th Césars… on Friday 22nd of February… we were bemused by the striking lack of great “pomp and ceremony” so to speak… compared to the American equivalent “more or less”…

The Oscars

True… nothing can even compare to the power and magnificence of Hollywood and the American cinema industry… which is omnipotent…

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The "Photo de Famille" at the Césars... Photo by REUTERS/Charles PLATIAU...

But still… the eloquent simplicity… the understated elegance of the French cinematic endeavour was as always… admirable.

Hosted charmingly by Antoine de Caunes… who cunningly did not allow the procedure to be taken too seriously… the ceremony proceeded with the stars floating in and out wearing again… simple… but oh so chic… evening gowns and sometimes tuxedos… with windblown hair that only French women can carry off…

The “less is more” principle… was in glaring contrast to the “over the top” emphasis of couture creations… worn by competitive movie stars and celebrities walking down the “red carpet” at the American Academy Awards…

The emphasis of the Césars… is on talent and lightness of being… the sheer enjoyment of self-expression… of relaying a story to it’s best effect…

Emmanuelle Riva… of “Hiroshima mon amour” fame who received the BAFTA award for best actress in a leading role… won the César award for best actress for her unforgettable role in Amour… directed by the outstanding Michael Haneke… with the “meilleur acteur” award going to the still amazing Jean-Louis Trintignant… of the “Un homme et une femme” fame…

The American actor… Kevin Costner… also received the lifetime acheivement award… the César d’honneur….

We were thrilled… watching the beautiful golden César trophies (which are based on the actual sculpture by the artist César Baldaccini and named after him)… given in recognition for the well deserved efforts of those amazing actors… actresses… directors… musicians… technicians…

We… remain…

In… awe…

Of those incredible men and women who have the talent…. the will… the perseverance… to bring a story to life…

Make vivid… an image of those who lived in times past… historical… political… social…

LincolnNapoleon

CleopatraMozart

War and Peace

Great… love stories…

Haneke... Riva... and Trintignant... in Amour...Casablanca

Anna Karenina

Gone with the Wind

May… Cinema…

Keep… us entertained…

For… all time…

It… is…

Magic…

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