‘The Artist’ Wins Big at the Cesar Awards

Berenice Bejo wins best actress, but Jean Dujardin is left out of the honors

"The Artist" won big at the Cesar Awards on Friday, picking up six awards at the French equivalent of the Oscars. 

The black and white silent film won best picture, best actress and best director at the annual ceremony.

However, star Jean Dujardin, considered a favorite for a best actor award at next Sunday's Oscars, lost the acting prize to Omar Sy for "Intouchables."

Though "The Artist" is better known stateside, "Intouchables," is a feel-good comedy that has shattered box office records in France. Sy plays a nurse who cares for a rich quadriplegic.

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His co-star Berenice Bejo was luckier. Nominated in the best actress category, Bejo beat out contenders such as Leïla Bekhti ("La Source Des Femmes") and Karin Viard ("Polisse") for her performance as a wide-eyed ingenue during the dawn of the sound era. 

The picture was shot in Hollywood, but starred French actors and was directed by French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius.

Hazanavicius won the best director award. 

In the supporting categories, Michel Blanc won an award for his performance in the political drama "The Minister" and Carmen Maura was honored for her work in the Gallic comedy "Service Entrance."

Roman Polanski, who has made France his home since fleeing the United States on sexual abuse charges over three decades ago, picked up an award for adapted screenplay for "Carnage." He shared the award with playwright Yasmina Reza.

Here's a full list of winners:

FILM

"The Artist," Michel Hazanavicius

DIRECTOR

Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

ACTOR

Omar Sy, "Intouchables"

ACTRESS

Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Michel Blanc, "The Minister"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Carmen Maura, "Service Entrance"

NEWCOMER, ACTOR

Gregory Gadebois, "Angele et Tony"

NEWCOMER, ACTRESS

Naidra Ayadi, "Polisse"

Clotilde Hesme, "Angele et Tony"

FIRST FILM

Sylvain Estibal, "When Pigs Have Wings"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Pierre Schoeller, "The Minister"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski, "Carnage"

FOREIGN FILM

"A Separation," Asghar Farhadi

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Guillaume Schiffman, "The Artist"

ANIMATED FILM

"The Rabbi's Cat," Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

"Tous au Larzac," Christian Rouaud

MUSIC

Ludovic Bource, "The Artist"