Sigourney Weaver arrives at the 2010 César ceremony. Weaver was there to present the Honorary Cesar to Harrison Ford, her co-star in Mike Nichols' 1988 romantic comedy-drama Working Girl, with Melanie Griffith. Weaver received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for that movie. She can currently be seen on French screens in James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar.
Last weekend, Avatar became the #14 all-time hit in France's box office history – after David Lean's 1957 Oscar-winning war drama The Bridge on the River Kwai. By the end of its run, Avatar is expected to be among the France's top ten box office hits ever. Unlike Hollywood studios, which rely on (inflatable) dollar figures, many other countries rely on the number of tickets a movie has sold.
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Hollywood star Harrison Ford received the 2010 Honorary César, presented to him by his Working Girl co-star Sigourney Weaver (above), one of the stars of James Cameron's box office phenomenon Avatar. Ford was greeted by a long standing ovation.
After several minutes trying to stem the applause, Ford said that “France reinvented cinema through the New Wave. And the American cinema rediscovered its vigor thanks to the New Wave. And I've had the good luck of working with those filmmakers who were inspired by the French New Wave.”
Steven Spielberg? George Lucas? Andrew Davis? Robert Zemeckis? Mike Nichols in Working Girl? The Phillip Noyce of Clear and Present Danger? Perhaps Ford was referring to Francis Ford Coppola and The Conversation.
Additionally, the César ceremony featured an homage to the recently deceased Nouvelle Vague pioneer Eric Rohmer, during which clips from his films were shown while actor Fabrice Luchini, one of Rohmer's favorites, read a laudatory text.
Photos: Renault / César Awards (Weaver); B.Guay / AFP (Weaver / Ford)
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Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard – her Oscar was for La Vie en Rose (2007) – served as the 2010 César ceremony's honorary president. Cotillard was assisted by co-presenters Gad Elmaleh and Valérie Lemercier.
Cotillard began the proceedings by saying: “This evening we share the same dream of the movies and we're all lucky to be in a country that, for 115 years, has been making this dream possible … Dear French cinema, I now announce the beginning of the 35th César ceremony.” Jacques Audiard's A Prophet was the evening's big winner, with nine Césars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Tahar Rahim), and Best Supporting Actor (also Rahim). Isabelle Adjani was the best actress for Skirt Day.
Marion Cotillard photo: Courtesy of Renault / César Awards
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