A Caesar dedicated to Céline

Sacred best actress at the Césars this Friday evening in Paris, Valérie Lemercier paid tribute to her idol Céline Dion and to the Quebec actors who played with her in Alinea biographical feature film freely inspired by the life of the Quebec singer that she directed herself.

“Dear Quebec actors, she said as she went to pick up her trophy on the stage of the Olympia in Paris, playing with you was a great lesson and I wish everyone here to benefit from it. »


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Preferred in particular to Léa Seydoux and Virgina Efira, Valérie Lemercier also pointed out, in another nod to the Quebec team of this Franco-Quebec production, that “if this film travels a little around the world, it’s thanks to the whole gang. »

The one who lent her features to Aline Dieu on the screen also took the opportunity to proclaim all her love and all her admiration for Celine Dion, for whom Aline was a tribute.


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bleached Quebecers

His victory, however, was the only one for Aline, who was in the running for 10 Caesars. Quebec actors Sylvain Marcel and Danielle Fichaud, nominated for best male and female supporting role, left empty-handed.

In total, the Quebecers ended the evening 0 in 3 since Xavier Dolan, also cited in the category of best supporting actor, escaped the César in favor of his playing partner in lost illusionsVincent Lacoste.

A tribute from Dolan

The Quebec actor, however, stood out when he took the microphone to pay a touching tribute to his friend Gaspard Ulliel, who tragically died in a skiing accident on January 19 and whom he had directed in Just the end of the world.


Xavier Dolan, inconsolable when saluting the memory of his friend, the late Gaspard Ulliel.

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Xavier Dolan, inconsolable when saluting the memory of his friend, the late Gaspard Ulliel.

“A whole world cried Gaspard, a whole world still mourns him,” said Xavier Dolan, moved and failing to repress his sobs, reading a letter addressed to the mother of the deceased.

In the final ranking of this ceremony hosted by Antoine de Caunes, it is ultimately the big favorite lost illusionsadaptation of the novel by Honoré de Balzac by Xavier Giannoli, who left with the biggest slice of the cake thanks to his seven Césars, including that of the best film.

Second in the charts with its five César, the musical drama Annette allowed the enigmatic and fascinating filmmaker Léos Carax to win his first César, that of the best director.

Also note the victory of Benoît Magimel, elected best actor for his acting in the film In his lifetimeand the Honorary Cesar awarded to Australian actress Cate Blanchett.

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