France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences on Wednesday morning unveiled the nominations for this year’s Cesar Awards — the country’s equivalent to the Oscars — during a breakfast press conference, with Roman Polanski’s An Officer and a Spy leading the nominations with 12, including for best director and best film.
And of course you hate to make blanket judgements about an entire country, but REALLY FRANCE? Be better!
In happier news, though, the lovely and iconic Fanny Ardant is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in La Belle Époque, the devastatingly handsome Jean Dujardin (known in America for his Oscar-winning role in The Artist) is up for Best Actor in J’accuse, and Eva Green (Penny Dreadful) was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Proxima. God, I love me some Eva Green.
Oh! Oh! And the INTOXICATING Louis Garrel who stole every scene from Saiorse Ronan in Little Women as the lovestruck professor…. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH! He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in his role in J’Accuse.
But back to Polanski…
Polanski, a French and Polish citizen who has lived in Paris since he fled the U.S. in 1978, was last year again accused of rape, this time by French actress Valentine Monnier. The accusation joins a handful of others made in recent years, as well as the case of 13-year-old Samantha Gailey that sent Polanski on the run over four decades ago.
What was different this time around was that the accusation, published a few days before the release of An Officer and a Spy, sparked several public denunciations and a widespread debate as to whether the movie should be seen at all or boycotted. The historical drama is about the Alfred Dreyfus affair of 1894, in which a Jewish officer was falsely accused of treason by the French army for anti-Semitic reasons.