​Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ tops César nominations

Screen | 1/29/2020 | Staff
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France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences unveiled the nominations for the 45th edition of the César awards at its traditional news conference at Fouquet’s restaurant in Paris on Wednesday morning.

Roman Polanski’s historic drama An Officer And A Spy – about the infamous 19th Century Alfred Dreyfus affair - topped the list with nominations in 12 categories, including best film and best director.

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The French release of the film, which won the grand jury prize at the Venice Film Festival last September, was hit by fresh rape allegations against Polanski last November but the ongoing controversy has not dented support for the film from the academy’s members.

Louis Garrel, who has the smaller role of Dreyfus, and Jean Dujardin, who stars as a high-ranking military official who puts his life and career on the line to fight for justice for the wrongly accused officer, were nominated for best supporting actor and best actor respectively.

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In a third acting nomination for the film, Grégory Gadebois was also nominated in the supporting actor category for his performance as a treacherous intelligence officer determined to keep Dreyfus in captivity.

The film also picked up nominations in the best costume, production design, cinematography, adaptation, editing, sound and cinematography categories.

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Coming joint second in the nomination chart were Nicolas Bedos’ romantic-comedy La Belle Epoque and Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated urban drama Les Misérables came in second with 11 nominations each.

La Belle Epoque stars Daniel Auteuil as a jaded cartoonist in his 60s who signs up for an immersive experience recreating his life in his 20s. It has proved a crowd-pleaser at home and internationally since its premiere Out of Competition at Cannes last May, selling into some 50 territories for theatrical release.

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