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Sandra Hülser in February before the lunch for all Oscar nominees in Los Angeles.

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The legal drama “Anatomy of a Case” won the French César Film Awards on Friday evening.

The film by French director Justine Triet won a total of six awards, including best director, best original screenplay and best actress.

In the film, Sandra Hülser plays a writer who is suspected of murdering her husband.

She felt very honored to win this prize as a German, said Hülser at the ceremony in the Olympia concert hall in Paris.

The 45-year-old is also considered the favorite for the Oscar for Best Actress.

The Oscars will be awarded on March 10th in Hollywood.

The award-winning British-American director Christopher Nolan received the honorary César.

He said he had always been impressed by France's love of cinema.

His wife Emma Thomas, producer of many of his films, was also present at the award ceremony.

Another honorary César was accepted by French actress and filmmaker Agnès Jaoui, who has won the most César awards to date with six trophies.

“MeToo” allegations

The awarding of the French film awards took place against the backdrop of new “MeToo” scandals.

Actress Judith Godrèche has accused two directors of abusing her as a minor.

At the Césars gala, she warned against the excesses of cinema in a moving speech.

Director Justine Triet dedicated her award to “all women,” especially “those who have been hurt.”

Last year, the jury of the French film prize came under fire for only nominating male filmmakers.

Triet is only the second female director to receive a César.