César 2022: the film "Lost Illusions" triumphs during a ceremony without surprises

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French actor Vincent Lacoste, awarded for "Best supporting role" for "Illusions perdus", during the 47th Cesar ceremony, Friday February 25, 2022. REUTERS - SARAH MEYSSONNIER

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The traditional high mass of French cinema, the Cesar ceremony, 47th of the name was held on Friday February 25.

After two editions tarnished by scandals and flops, the Académie des César had no room for error and proceeded soberly and without surprise.

Lost Illusions

, an adaptation of Honoré de Balzac's novel about the press, dominated the ceremony winning seven statuettes, including Best Film.

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He was the big favorite of these 47th Césars: unsurprisingly,

Lost Illusions

, by Xavier Giannolli won seven trophies, including the most prestigious, that of best film.

It is a real plebiscite for this sharp adaptation of Balzac, acid fresco on the press and its excesses.

The other favorite is the rock opera

Annette

, who walks away with five awards, including Best Director for Leos Carax.

“ 

I am honored to award the César for best actress to… if I manage to open it… Valérie Lemercier

!

 “, we announce at the podium: Valérie Lemercier, actress but also director of

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, true-false biopic of Celine Dion.

This while Benoit Magimel won the César for best actor for his role as a forty-year-old condemned by cancer, in

In his lifetime

, by Emmanuelle Bercot.

What will we remember from the

ceremony this year

 ?

The tears of Australian-American actress Cate Blanchett receiving her honorary Cesar, the hands of Isabelle Huppert, but also those of Xavier Dolan evoking her friend

Gaspard Ulliel

.

For the rest, a lot of boredom for a very long and languid ceremony, barely revitalized by a concert by the group Sparks, who signed the soundtrack of

Annette

.

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